Living with Bruxism
Seemingly related to many adverse behaviours and characteristics such as stress,sleep disorders and even overuse of caffeine and alcohol; Bruxism can lead to prolonged oral health problems.
In a nutshell whilst different categories such as waking and sleeping Bruxism and primary and secondary Bruxism are recognised the broad definition of the disorder defines it as involuntary teeth grinding and jaw clenching.
The negative affects of Bruxism
Taken to the extreme this dental health problem can even result in tooth breakages. Mandibular defects are not uncommon with headaches and persistent pain an unfortunate result. It is even an exploratory line of thought that the teeth grinding that occurs during sleep may cause broken sleep patterns,perhaps exacerbating the stress that might have originally caused the oral disorder.
Does Bruxism just occur during sleep?
As we’ve already mentioned this bad dental habit can be classified and categorised in different ways. Whilst tooth grinding seems to just occur during sleep, Bruxism when awake still has the classic sleep Bruxism symptoms of involuntary jaw and teeth clenching. Again discarding so-called common knowledge, it is not just a psychiatric condition related symptom,this is just one of the categories: secondary Bruxism. The “Primary” classification recognises no medical condition prior to the manifested behaviour.
- Nail biting can sometimes lead to Bruxism, in a way this is self evident with both of these poor oral habits associated with involuntary motor functions.
- Broken sleep is rendered even worse by the sufferer stopping breathing during sleep (sleep apnoea), there’s a strong correlation between Bruxism and apnoea.
- Other sleep related psychological disorders such as sleep talking and violent somnolescent behaviour seem to be related too.
- And finally the commonly known symptom of stress must always be borne in mind when considering Bruxism.
Treatments of Bruxism in Canberra
While there are many treatments for this unwelcome disorder most are lacking in efficacy and have other unpleasant affects associated with their use. A very simplistic and probably the least invasive method of prevention is a mouth guard that can be quite simply fitted by a dentist. Of course this is only a treatment of a symptom,for a cure of the behaviour itself help could be sought from an oral surgery or even specialised psychological help.