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What is Bruxism and What Causes It?

Many people suffering from bruxism (commonly known as teeth grinding) aren’t even aware of the habit. It’s a condition that some may shrug off, but if left untreated it can cause long-term oral health concerns. Don’t worry, we have you covered with the need-to-know information to help you identify bruxism and what you can do to start managing it.

What is Bruxism?

Bruxism refers to the unconscious grinding, clenching, or gnashing of the teeth. It can be categorised into awake and sleep bruxism, leaving many unaware they are suffering from the habit. Both children and adults can be susceptible to teeth grinding and if left untreated, this habit can lead to more serious oral health problems. 
Interesting fact: Many young children tend to grow out of teeth grinding by their early teens

Why teeth grinding occurs?

So, why do we grind our teeth? It is not always clear why bruxism occurs and the reason for the condition can vary from person to person. Common causes of Bruxism can include:
  • Sleep Disorders – Sleep bruxism can be linked to other sleep disorders such as snoring, breathing pauses and sleep apnoea.
  • Psychological Factors – Stress, anxiety, frustration, and anger are just a few psychological factors that can cause teeth grinding.
  • Oral Health problems – there are a range of oral health issues that can cause teeth grinding. These can include high fillings, jaw misalignment or, missing or crooked teeth.
Teeth grinding can be a caused by one, or even a mixture of reasons. Identifying the cause of your teeth grinding can be difficult, therefore it is a great idea to take note of any concerns you have and bring them to the attention of your dentist. 

Continue reading Bruxism Part Two to find out how to tell if you’re suffering from bruxism and what symptoms to look out for.

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