Some time ago I used to get up often with a slight feeling of pressure in the jaws. As I calmed down only after a few minutes, I never gave much importance until my dentist told me I could see incipient signs of wear on my teeth ... Well, had bruxism and I never noticed because this condition occurs during sleep.
What is bruxism?
The Bruxism is the unconscious habit of clenching or grinding your teeth when we are sleeping, but it may occur during the day. This is a fairly common condition, which may be mild and require no treatment in some, but serious, painful and with worse consequences for others. Is that when bruxism is not treated, there may be problems in the jaw, pain in the face and head and broken teeth.
These are some of the symptoms of bruxism. If the show, you should visit a dentist to begin treatment.
- Teeth worn, chipped or broken
- Wear of tooth enamel
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Pain or stiffness in the jaw
- Ear pain (due to muscle contractions)
- Facial pain
- Notches in the language
- Damage to the inside of the cheeks
Along with these symptoms, there is another signal that can tell you that you are suffering from bruxism and your partner, or people sleeping in your room, feels they do a "chirp" with your mouth while you sleep.
It is believed that the main causes of bruxism are psychological. The act of grinding or clenching the teeth is an unconscious reaction to release accumulated tension due to stress or anxiety. It can also be a symptom of rage, or an aggressive personality, hyperactive or competitive.
On the other hand, bruxism can be caused by physical causes such as poor alignment of the upper and lower teeth, sleep problems, response to an earache or teething (especially in children), and complications of diseases such as Parkinson's or secondary effect of certain psychiatric drugs.
First of all we must see a dentist to discuss the case. As in many cases we are not aware that we have bruxism until complications appear, it is essential to visit a professional to check signs or symptoms, and give us the necessary attention.
If indeed your dentist diagnoses you are having this problem, we recommend a mouth guard or plate that you use between your teeth while you sleep. This plate will prevent jaw movements that cause tooth wear.
The treatment of bruxism should also address its root causes, which commonly are the accumulation of stress, anxiety and nerves. If you can control them, probably as a result decrease the risk of bruxing at night or even during the day.
In Makeufits have taught you many tips to combat stress. Some of them are daily exercise to release endorphins, and promote a healthy and well-being in the organism, yoga or meditation, take a hot bath, massage, relaxing music, get used to breathe deeply ... All these little habits will help you a lot.
Avoid stimulants in the evening
Avoid tea, coffee and / or alcohol after dinner and before bedtime. Neither smoke. These stimulants increase alertness and anxiety, which can aggravate bruxism when we are sleeping.
Talk to your partner
If you live with your partner, or share a room with someone, ask them if they hear a noise or grinding sound coming from your mouth at night. If you note, it means that at the time you bruxando.
Visit your dentist regularly
Visiting a dentist is often important, for no better than this professional to detect us the signs of bruxism in the mouth and jaws, and recommending specific solutions for our case. If you have a sneaking suspicion bruxism, visit it and take away your doubts before it is too late.
Remember that stress also damages our oral health. Remove it from your life! You might also like you to meet other conditions that can damage your teeth.
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