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September 28, 2010

Knowing The Effects Of Bruxism Or Grinding Teeth In Sleep

Filed under: Beauty and Health — Author @ 10:07 am


Bruxism or grinding teeth in sleep is a condition wherein the jaws are clenched and grinding of the teeth happens. Most human have a mild kind of bruxism at one point during their lives, but in most case this fades away and leaves no lasting medical impact. This isn’t an illness but a subconscious action or habit that may affect folk both when awake and asleep but the major bruxism effects happens in those that suffer from it while asleep. Bruxism is not an illness but a habit that’s tricky to control and leads to sleeping problems.


Bruxism is generally split into 2 categories the short term and the long term and the effects and implications of both are dissimilar. Short term bruxism effects include such issues as headaches ( patients are likely to be afflicted by headaches by a factor of 3 ), earaches, hurting facial and jaw muscles, trouble in fully opening the mouth, agony and rigidity in the shoulders, sleep interruption, loose and falling teeth and inflamed gums among others health problems. Conveniently mostly when the bruxism stops, either as a natural activity or thru hospital treatment, the effects also fade away all alone with no need for any extra treatments or care.


One often forgotten affect of bruxism is the way in which it can damage a relationship. The grinding and ruffled sleep of the nighttime bruxism patient may have an effect on the sleep of the partner or partner and cause her to sleep in a different room which frequently leads to enormous stresses on the relationship. If bruxism continues and doesn’t fade away on its own over the course of time it is specified as long term bruxism and this will have many more major effects and need specialised medical therapy.


The commonest and obvious bruxism effect is the damages to the teeth by the grinding worn and broken teeth are not unusual in those that have suffered from bruxism for a long time. It is just after the bruxism has been stopped that treatment in the shape of curative surgery and the fitting of dentures and caps can be undertaken. More heavy, from the point of long term health issues is the Temporomandibular Joint Disorder or TMJ that results from the strain that bruxism places on the jaw, shoulder and other muscles.


Though in several cases physiotherapy can supply good treatments, many cases frequently need heavy medicine or surgical intervention to treat the bruxism related issues. Teeth grinding in sleep isn’t a life-endangering health problem but it’s a heavy one and shouldn’t be taken from granted. Bruxism effects aren’t restricted to just the mouth and jaw however as discussed above, can extend to other bits of the body and become the reason behind other health worries.


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