Consequences of teeth grinding

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Apr 2018 12:27:08




Did you know that if you suffer from nagging headaches - including migraines, tension headaches and behind-the-eye pain - your teeth could be the root of your problem? Involuntary and excessive clenching and grinding of the teeth (known in medical terms as Bruxism)is a common condition, so prevalent that it affects 1 in 5 adults. And this number continues to increase. It’s probably no surprise to learn that Bruxism can result in significant tooth wear and namel erosion, leading to tooth surface sensitivity, chipped and fractured teeth, as well as a host of other dental issues that may require expensivetreatment. But, what you may not realise is that over 90 per cen to fBruxism sufferers also experience headache, pain caused by their teeth grinding. If you think about it, the link between teeth and jaw clenching, and headaches caused by teeth grinding, make a lot of sense. Because the jaw is capable of exerting more than 250 pounds off or ce when clenching,this amount of force can crack a walnut. This extreme tooth-on-tooth force helps explain tooth wear caused by teeth grindingand may also lead to tempor o - man dibular joint (TMJ) pain and potential TMJ issues from teeth grinding. The temporomandibular joints are flexible joints found on each side of your head in front ofthe ear. Responsible for all jaw movements including eating and talking, they are the most active joints in your body and thus endurealot of wear and tear. They connect the lower jaw to the temporal bone ofthe skull.

Excessive teeth clenching and grinding, which generally occurs during sleep, puts pressure on these joints and as a result can causefar-reach ing pain in your temples,behind the eyes, in the back of yourneck and through your cheeks and ears. The exact cause of Bruxism is not known, but it is widely believed that stress is a primary trigger and once the stressful event has passed, the clenching and grindingusually subsides. However, the amount of damage and tooth wear caused by teeth grinding that can be done within a brief period can be significant. That is why it so important that you seek treatment once you realise you are a teeth grinder, not only to stop your naggingheada chepain, but also to prevent any further damage to your teeth. While there is no medication currently available to treatBruxism, dental experts recommend wearing a dental grind guard to protectthe teeth from further damage and potentially help alleviate TMJ pain. Grind guard allows your teeth and jaws to slide naturally forward, protecting your teeth from the damaging effects of grinding and at the same time releasing tension in the TMJ muscle. (NewsUSA) ●