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DTrim Advanced Support-What are the side effects of clenching your teeth?

por fiona basil (2021-07-02)

Bruxism can cause tooth breakage and enamel damage. It also causes contractions of the neck and shoulder muscles, headaches, and nighttime apneas. The stress that bruxism generates can be prevented, but first we must understand its causes.
What is bruxism?
Bruxism, a word that comes from the Greek, literally means " grinding teeth ". This is an involuntary movement of the mouth that can cause sleep disturbances and strain on the temporomandibular joint, among other harmful effects.
It is a bad habit to grind the teeth or put them in constant contact, causing unnecessary and harmful stress on the entire chewing apparatus, including the muscles of the neck and back.
Bruxism usually manifests itself during sleeping hours, interrupting rest (known as nocturnal bruxism), but in some more severe cases of bruxism, it usually happens during the day.
The person constantly opens the mouth trying to clench the teeth or bite parts of the tongue and prod the mouth, tensing all the muscles and putting the upper teeth in contact with the lower, causing pressure and friction.
Causes of bruxism
The causes of bruxism have not yet been determined with pressure, but it is considered that some factors may condition its appearance.
Previously it was considered that bruxism responded to a problem of malocclusion, or a problem in the masticatory apparatus.
However, recent research considers that among the main culprits is a disorder linked to the central nervous system, such disorders include nervous tension, anxiety, stress, facial trauma, allergies, inadequate diet, alcohol consumption, smoking and the use of some medications.
Some medications bring side effects that involve muscle activity by stimulating bruxism (including some neuroleptics and antidepressants).
How do I know if I have bruxism?
To find out if you suffer from bruxism you can base yourself on the visible wear of the teeth, until the arrival of small fractures in the teeth.
A person affected with this dental parafunction may experience pain in the muscles of the face and jaw upon waking.
As already mentioned, bruxism can cause serious damage to the dental apparatus: in addition to deterioration, it can also significantly increase the sensitivity of the teeth, precisely due to friction. It interrupts sleep and compromises well-being during the day.
A disturbed, poor quality and short duration sleep is obviously the main cause of daytime sleepiness, irritability and bad mood.
During the performance of any sport or physical effort, in the person with this condition, the search for absolute concentration leads to intense pressure on the teeth, with the consequent stiffness of the muscles that compromises performance, not to mention the damage which will eventually affect the teeth.
Symptoms and signs of bruxism
We can summarize the most common symptoms of bruxism in these 8 fundamental points:
1. Damaged teeth at the enamel level;
2. increased dental cavities as a result of weakening of tooth enamel;
3. exposure of dentin, the inner part of the tooth, due to progressive damage to the tooth enamel;
4. headache with no apparent cause and the feeling of having one or both ears plugged or sore;
5. pain in the jaw and tissues;
6. Difficulty swallowing and opening your mouth fully
7. increased sensitivity of teeth to heat and cold;
8. pain in the cervical spine.
How can i avoid it
If you have been able to detect that stress, anxiety or an uncontrolled state of nerves is responsible for your condition, in these cases you can apply:
Relaxation techniques, yoga and meditation are essential to reduce the impact of stress, however, a walk outside to help us relax can help counteract stress and reduce bruxism.
To relieve pain in your jaw and teeth, you can make a few simple changes to your daily habits:
• Avoid eating foods that are too hard, to avoid excessive pressure on the teeth and overloading the jaw, which could cause more pain.
• Try to relax your face and jaw muscles during the day by doing some face lift exercises.
• Gently and gently massage the muscles of the neck, shoulders and face to combat the involuntary contractions that bruxism episodes can cause.
The dental splint is effective
When pain in the jaw or head is very frequent and happens when you wake up, you can consult a dentist to make an evaluation of the type of bruxism you suffer from.
If it is detected that the dental splint for bruxism or also called discharge splint is needed, this device will help you avoid jaw tension and avoid rubbing the upper and lower teeth.
The discharge splint is a removable clear acrylic resin device that fits the upper teeth, usually and is placed before going to sleep, to prevent the teeth from being pressed during rest.
This device prevents wear and damage to the teeth, as it prevents contact between them. It can also improve muscle activity by correcting a defect in the bite.
In many cases, relaxation techniques are also recommended before going to bed to try to relieve accumulated stress during the day.

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