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Bruxism is a condition that affects many people that are simply not conscious of it. Bruxism is the clenching and grinding of teeth performed during the night while sleeping. In time, bruxism causes severe damages to teeth literally filing them down and destroying bone and gum. Additionally, it can lead to temporomandibular join syndrome, affecting the jaw. Most people don't realize they are suffering from this particular condition until their closest one tells them they make grinding sounds during sleep time. Another way bruxism is discovered involves your dentist diagnosing it in consequence of grounded away teeth and damaged enamel. As for the right treatment to prevent further damages caused by bruxism, the dentist will proceed to identifying the cause that leads to this condition, in order to prescribe and recommend the best plan of action to protect your teeth from wearing out all too soon.

These are the symptoms you should be aware of if you suspect you are suffering from bruxism:
  •  Morning headache
  •  Jaw pain
  •  Damaged enamel and teeth, sore gums, broken fillings
  •  Muscles around the jaw feel tight or perform contractions
  •  Swelling around your jaw area
Once the cause that leads you to grind your teeth during the night is determined, one of the following treatments may be applied:

1. Working on relaxing your muscles: one of the principal causes of bruxism is everyday stress. By working on relaxing and relieve the stress you are under, you also fight bruxism..

2. Relying on a special appliance to protect your teeth: these kind of appliances are made by your dentist once he/she has taken a stamp of your upper and lower teeth. The appliance is placed over your upper teeth and has the function to prevent the direct contact between teeth.

3. Making your bite even: when teeth do not correspond in terms of biting points, this can lead to bruxism. By replacing fillings, applying crowns or using an orthodontic appliance this can be corrected.

An interesting fact you should be aware of if you have children is that kids who suffer from bruxism between the age of 10 to 13 have a great chance of stopping grinding their teeth on their own by the time they're 14. That doesn't mean you should wait to see if the problem disappears; make sure your kid gets checked up by the dentist who will determine the right course of action. As for the time necessary to fight the problem, if bruxism is treated the right way and at an early stage your teeth will be safe and stay healthy with no irreversible damages at all.