Saturday, June 4, 2011

What causes bruxism or teeth grinding

at 9:00 PM
Bruxism is the medical terminology for teeth clenching or grinding of teeth. Most parents can hear their baby during their sleep or grinding the teeth gnashing. This is common in children, whose jaws are narrow during deep sleep. This can be caused by stress, especially in hyperactive children. In some cases, teeth grinding can cause misalignment of the teeth, or perhaps to relieve pain from a tooth. However, most children will overcome this and eventually go away.
However, there are adverse effects of adjustment that may lead to irritation of the gums and teeth of teeth. Teeth grinding can also cause a tooth crack or chip which are causes of tooth sensitivity. This subsequently will expose the inside of the tooth root and also cause tooth decay. Other causes of this condition include medical conditions such as cerebral palsy. Yet the most common reason for this is still noted though most experts still cannot pin point the root cause of this condition.
What most experts observed that children who are under a lot of tension or anger will experience grinding during their sleep. This is an unconscious behavior that prompted by stressful activity done during the day. A quarrel with a sibling or even caring for school exams can cause this. For adults, teeth grinding or jaw clenching can be observed by individuals who are lifting weights at the gym or even at work. Lifting heavy weights can lead to serious teeth and gums and problems can be avoided by using a mouth guard.
Children who have experience of bruxism can pass unnoticed. Some bruxism symptoms include jaw pain, facial pain, pain during chewing and grinding noises during sleep. If your child experiences these symptoms, consult your dentist who may then be able to recommend a protective mouthpiece for the worst cases. You can also check for any damage on teeth that are caused by teeth grinding.
Yet, for some, treatment can be as simple as just help your child relax during bedtime. Maybe making a warm bath or read fairytales help their minds to stay away from a stressful experience or activities during the day. However, in most cases, teeth grinding will go away when children lose get their permanent teeth. But if the baby will still have problems with bruxism, consult a doctor or dentist as can also be a symptom of other medical conditions that will need different treatment that cannot be related to any oral or dental procedures.