What is Bruxism and How to Prevent It?

By: Charles Smith

What is Bruxism?

Bruxism is a state of medical disorder where the patient is in the habit of grinding its teeth. Bruxism or grinding of teeth is not gender or age specific; hence, it occurs both in children as well as adults. Bruxism can potentially remove the critical portion of healthy enamel from the chewing surfaces of the teeth leading facial pain. Usually, patients suffering from Bruxism tend to chew things like pencils and fingernails on a habitual pattern. If you suspect that your child or spouse has such habits, fix an appointment with a San Francisco dentist without delay.

Research says about one in a three people suffer from Bruxism; however, many people tend to ignore the symptoms of Bruxism considering them as normal. Interestingly, women are more prone to Bruxism than men. This is because they experience tissue alternations in their jaws due to clenching and grinding of teeth. Children can grind their teeth their teeth are erupting. Although a mild grinding of teeth may not be harmful, you should consult a San Francisco dentist in case you feel any abnormal behavior in your child or spouse. Sever grinding may lead to a dental disorder names as Malocclusion.

Is There Any Cure For Bruxism?
The therapy for Bruxism is simple. A San Francisco dentist will explain the patient about any unusual behavioral patterns and the way he/she should rest the tongue, teeth and lips. In some cases, the San Francisco dentist will address the damage caused by Bruxism. It is always recommended that you should discuss with a San Francisco dentist about the possibilities of any malocclusion or brittle teeth problem which should be addressed immediately.

Problems related to Bruxism can be treated in various ways. A San Francisco dentist may tell you to use a plastic mouth appliance or occlusal splint which helps absorb the force of biting. This appliance not only avoids future damage to teeth, but also prevents the patient from indulging destructive behaviors.

Top Searches on
Dental Surgery
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 

» More on Dental Surgery
 



Share this article :
Click to see more related articles