It is estimated that approximately 50% of the population – to some degree - grind and clench their teeth. However, despite being prevalent throughout the UK and worryingly on the rise, bruxism often remains overlooked and underdiagnosed. Whilst, for some, bruxing doesn’t cause any serious symptoms, for many – the habitual bruxers - the side effects are painful and persistent. Here we discuss the potential causes of bruxism, look at the typical symptoms and explore the possible treatments that aim to help alleviate those suffering.
Originating from the Greek ‘brugmos’, meaning the ‘gnashing of teeth’, bruxism is characterised by grinding and clenching – the typical definition used in the UK today. A subconscious activity, bruxism can occur both whilst the patient is awake (diurnal) or asleep (nocturnal). The latter, commonly referred to as nocturnal or sleep bruxism, is the most wide-spread, affecting almost 80% of bruxers. Often characterised by heavier grinding, sleep bruxism is generally deemed highly destructive when compared to dinurnal.
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