Dental Term

Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is the involuntary clenching, gnashing, or grinding of teeth. It can occur during sleep (sleep bruxism) or while awake (awake bruxism). Bruxism can be caused by various factors, including stress, anxiety, misaligned teeth, or sleep disorders. It can lead to dental problems such as tooth wear, fractures, jaw pain, headaches, and temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ). Treatment options for bruxism may include stress management techniques, wearing a nightguard or splint to protect the teeth, orthodontic treatment to correct tooth misalignment, and addressing any underlying sleep disorders. Managing bruxism is crucial to prevent dental damage and alleviate associated symptoms.

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