Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is an involuntary contraction of the jaw, usually during sleep. It makes noise, it destroys your teeth and you wake up in pain the next day. Here are some things you didn’t know about bruxism to better understand where it comes from, what causes it, and how to bury your friends who have bruxism alive.
1. Bruxism affects more people than you think
More than you actually think. It affects 8% of young adults between the ages of 20 and 25 and at least 60% of the population has experienced bruxism at least once in their lives. 14% of children shy away from those teeth, but don’t worry it’s because they have baby teeth. In general, bruxism can affect anyone at any stage of life, it depends on one important factor, which I will continue on in the second point.
2. The main cause of bruxism is stress
And hop on the revelation that will change your daily life forever. The main cause of bruxism is fear. High Fear. Generally, if you’re stressed out in front of the doctor’s injection, you won’t start clenching your teeth at night, but most people get bruxism from intense stress.
3. But there are other, lesser-known causes
Bruxism can also result from a variety of sleep disruption or general anesthesia, misaligned or missing teeth, atypical swallowing, certain antidepressants such as venlafaxine, use of narcotics such as ecstasy or meth, whiplash, and finally certain infectious diseases such as West Nile fever. It looks very much like it, but it’s impossible for you to do it all in one lifetime.
4. There are different types of bruxism
Because the world is well made, bruxism contains peculiarities. First, static bruxism, which is “just” a continuous clenching of the jaws as if you were nervous for 24 hours. Then dynamic bruxism, where the lower jaw enjoys sideways movement, which then causes the crunch that wakes the whole house.
5. Your teeth are expensive
The intense friction of the teeth between them wears down their surface and weakens the enamel. The long-term risk is that your teeth will be filed down. In addition, the teeth become significantly more sensitive. Not that they will cry when you tell them they look bad, but they can move or even break in the worst case. In general, tooth wear leads to extreme sensitivity to acidic foods that are too hot or too cold.
6. It causes different pains in different places
In addition to cardboard teeth, bruxism causes other unpleasant side effects. If you grind your teeth for a large part of the night, you may wake up with a headache, neck or shoulder pain, even nausea, earache, a feeling of instability, and sometimes tinnitus. Again, you usually only suffer from one or two of these effects, which absolutely does not allow you to start the day in good conditions.
7. The gutter, necessary but not life-saving
The first way to curb the effects of bruxism is through the gutter. Tailored for your tiny teeth, it helps limit damage and prevent them from being shelved like prison bars. THE GUTTIER WILL NOT CURE BRUXISM BUT REMAINS SUPER USEFUL SO TAKE PEACE OF MIND.
8. Relaxation and hypnosis
To cure bruxism you have to cut your jaw. That’s wrong, put the saw down.
To heal bruxism, you must go back to the source of the problem, work on that fear that is burning your heart and radiating out your body. You can then seek psychiatric treatment or try relaxation, yoga, hypnosis, sophrology. A change in diet can also have an impact. There is no magic bullet, it’s up to you to find the path that suits you best and talk about it with experts and not stop at one Topito article.
There are also more direct medical treatments like botulinum toxin injections, which soothe the powerful muscles in your jaw.
Personally, I’ve started with jaw and neck massages before bed, and it works pretty well.
9. What to do when your other half you’re sleeping with has bruxism?
Bruxism at night is like snoring. The person making the noise is not the person being awakened by that noise. So if your partner flinches, my personal trick is to gently lay her on her side and then wheel her to her mom’s house in the bus shelter.
Well, this article remains a global approach to what bruxism is, so it’s up to you to find more information on the internet or from bruxism experts (guys who work for the CIA and investigate bruxism-related homicides). kisses
Sources: Fondation-Rothschild, Dentego, Cda-adc, Wikipedia
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