Note – This is from personal experience of Bruxism
Bruxism is the habit of clenching and grinding the teeth. It most often occurs at night during sleep, but it may also occur during the day. It is an unconscious behavior, perhaps performed to release anxiety, aggression, or anger.
Bruxism is one of the oldest disorders known, and approximately one in four adults experiences it. Most people are not aware of it before their teeth have been damaged.
CAUSES & SYMPTOMS
While bruxism is typically associated with stress, it may also be triggered by abnormal occlusion (the way the upper and lower teeth fit together), or crooked or missing teeth.
Symptoms of bruxism include: dull headaches; sore and tired facial muscles; earaches; sensitive teeth; and locking, popping, and clicking of the jaw.
During a dental examination , a dentist may recognize damage resulting from bruxism, including: enamel loss from the chewing surfaces of teeth; flattened tooth surfaces; loosened teeth; and fractured teeth and fillings. Left untreated, bruxism may lead to tooth loss and jaw dysfunction.
Medical and dental histories and examinations are necessary to differentiate bruxism from other conditions that may cause similar pain, such as ear infections, dental infections, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction. However, uncommonly worn-down teeth strongly suggest a diagnosis of bruxism.
To prevent further damage to the teeth, bruxism is treated by placing a removable, custom-fitted plastic appliance called a night guard between the upper and lower teeth. Although the clenching and grinding behavior may continue, the teeth wear away the plastic instead of each other.
In some cases, abnormal occlusion may be adjusted and high spots removed so that the teeth fit together in a more comfortable position .Missing teeth may be replaced and crooked teeth may be straightened with orthodontic treatment to eliminate possible underlying causes of bruxism. In cases where jaw muscles are very tight, a dentist may prescribe muscle relaxants.
BRUXISM – A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE
Yes this is true for all my teeth are worn and 5 are noticeably worn down specifically by grinding or gnashing which commonly occurs during night time – Teeth have “points” and can be “sharp” (this is due to them pushing up through the gums) many of my teeth have lost those “points” due to bruxism they feel rough and “jagged” where the enamel (which covers the tooth and the soft dentin) has grinded and worn down, this makes their appearance slight irregular to my other teeth as as they look slightly stumped as a result, anxiety I have no doubt is the the underlying cause for this as I also get “jaw-popping” to and tension.
ADDITIONAL REASONS FOR ENAMEL WEAR & PAIN AGNOSIA
I still have any issue with over brushing due to pressure, knowing when to stop, “forgetting” the pattern, once the pattern is remembered repeating the cycle this has lead about 6 of my teeth having their gum lines receded (exposing the dentin) this means I have very sensitive teeth due to this, bruxism and enamel wear.
I LIKE THE DENTIST
Yes I do believe it or not! I like the dentist in many ways the positive to being under sensitive/under processed to pain means I like having my teeth checked, scrapped, picked, cleaned polished etc. I have a friendly dentist and tooth hygienist.
HELP WITH BRUXISM (PERSONAL EXPERIENCE)
- Pro-Enamel Sensitive Toothpaste (builds up strengthens enamel)
- Pro-Enamel Mouthwash (non-alcoholic)
- Electric Toothbrush (modify brush settings)
- Mouth Guard (to be used at night time it is made out of a soft plastic so teeth aren’t worn)
- Regular check-ups with a dentist who has experience of bruxism