06 Mar

What is Bruxism? A Dentist from the City of London Answers Your Questions

What is Bruxism?

Bruxism is the medical term for the condition commonly referred to as ‘tooth grinding’. It is a problem that affects many people in the UK today and can either be a conscious habit or can take the form of the  unconscious grinding motion that rubs the upper and lower teeth together.

What causes Bruxism?

Many professionals recognise that stress may play a huge role in the causation of Bruxism. When you think about it, almost everybody has slipped into the habit of tooth grinding at some point. In fact, it appears to be almost impossible to refrain from such behaviour when one finds themselves in fraught or stressful situations. On the other hand, some sufferers of Bruxism have no control over their habit, the natural alignment of their teeth results in an incessant grinding every time the jaw moves.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms include: chipped, broken or loose teeth. In addition, if you notice that your teeth have become significantly flatter, this may also be a sign that you are suffering from Bruxism. If you are concerned about any of the above symptoms, consult your local dentist in the City of London.
Treatment is now available in the form of mouth guards. These are to be worn at night, when Bruxism usually occurs, and stop the teeth from moving over each other in a harmful way. Behavioural therapy can also be given to those who suffer with Bruxism due to stress.