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Bruxism (Teeth Grinding): Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

Understanding Teeth Grinding Do you wake up with a headache and sore jaw or facial muscles? It could possibly be due to bruxism – the medical term for grinding and clenching your teeth.   What Causes Bruxism? Bruxism is an oral parafunctional activity (a common habit of the jaw) and is characterized by grinding of teeth and clenching of the jaw muscle. Mild bruxism does not cause any harm, however severe bruxism may give rise to problems of the joint, jaw, teeth and muscle.  In most cases, the cause is due to stress and anxiety. Genetics also plays an important role. People suffering from bruxism sometimes use it as a coping strategy when stressed, anxious or frustrated. Other disorders which cause bruxism are gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD) and sleep apnea. Bruxism is prevalent in children, more so in kids who have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).   Effects of…

. Posted in Oral HealthTagged , , . Jun 06, 2018