Bruxism (Teeth Grinding) : Definition, Symptoms and Causes
The habit of constantly grinding and clenching of the teeth is known as bruxism. It is a common disorder that can be found in adults and children. It is referred as a dental as well as medical problem because it not only affects the teeth it also effects the structure of the surrounding bones. It generally occurs at night.
Because of constant pressure on the enamel some people often complaint of chewed tissues inside their cheeks. This can cause several types of tooth infections.
Symptoms for Teeth Grinding:
The main symptoms of this disorder are:
Irritating sound: The married people often complains that the grinding and clenching sound of teeth is so irritating and loud that it disturb their sleep at night.
Earache: Because of continuous contraction of jaw muscles the person can suffer from ear ache; however it does not mean that there is something wrong with the ear.
Change in Tooth Structure: Some people grind and clench their teeth so hard that it can affect their tooth enamel very badly due to which shape of the teeth gets changed and they look ugly.
General Causes for Bruxism:
The main causes of this disorder are:
Aggressiveness: People having aggressive nature are more prone towards this disorder.
Psycho Problems: If a person is suffering from depression, anxiety and other mental disorders then he can indulge in this habit.
Anger and Frustration are some other causes of this disorder.
Causes in Children :
In children, bruxism is associated with the growth of their teeth and jaws. It is observed that a child whose top and bottom teeth do not fit well generally falls in this habit. The problem of bruxism in children is less complicated than adults because in children teeth are temporary and will be replaced by more stronger and aligned teeth.
If anyone is suffering from this disorder then he needs to visit a dentist so that it can be treated as early as possible to avoid tooth decay and several other types of tooth problems. The Dentists generally recommend mouth night guard so that enamel can be protected from damage.
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