Wednesday, 24 October 2012


Bruxism is the term for teeth grinding during sleep which can cause permanent damage to the teeth and often leads to frequent headaches and facial pain.  It is the third most common sleep disorder, with around 8-10% of the UK population affected by it at some time during their life and occurs in both children and adults, most commonly in 25-44 year olds.

Symptoms of bruxism include Damage to teeth & dental work, inflamed gums temperomandibular joint (TMJ) pain, Headaches & ear ache, Neck & shoulder pain
Clicking & other noises, Muscle spasms, Disturbed sleep
Causes of bruxism
Stress & anxiety, Smoking, Caffeine,Heavy alcohol consumption
Recreational drugs, Medications for sleep & depression, Abnormal bite, Other sleep disorders

Treatments - Although there are several treatments available, reducing stress levels and protecting the teeth are probably the best options. 

If you think you suffer have a chat with Sally, Simon or Jonathan at your next visit.

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