Introduction to Teeth Grinding
Teeth grinding is also called Bruxism. Unconscious clenching of teeth whether awake or asleep. This may result in jaw pains and tooth problems like chipping and erosion. This may also lead to headaches and ear pain.
Due to overactivity of the jaw muscle Masseter which is responsible for clenching action the jaw may become wide, which may be an aesthetic problem especially in the females whose face may start looking masculine.
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Factors causing Teeth Grinding
Stress, anxiety, lack of sleep and an intense emotional state may all increase Bruxism.
Some medications and drugs like alcohol etc. may increase teeth grinding in both asleep and awake states.
Bruxism is usually seen in young children but may be present at any age.
Other disorders. Bruxism can be associated with some mental health and medical disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, dementia, gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD), epilepsy, night terrors, sleep-related disorders such as sleep apnea, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Botox injections in the Masseter muscle may provide symptomatic relief by weakening the clinch. Thus relieving teeth and face pains. Botox treatment has to be repeated every 4-5 months for a few years to sufficiently relax the muscles.
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