Dr. Pizzino and Dr. Drexler feel that it is important that you understand exactly what Bruxism is and how it can affect your overall health.
Bruxism is the medical term for grinding, gnashing or clenching your teeth. The condition affects both children and adults. Some people with Bruxism unconsciously clench their teeth together during the day, often when they feel anxious or tense. This is different from tooth grinding or clenching that occurs at night, which is called sleep Bruxism. Most children, who are bruxers, do so at night, while adults are either daytime or nighttime bruxers.
Bruxism may be mild and may not even require treatment. However, it can be frequent and severe enough to lead to jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth and other problems. Unfortunately, people with sleep Bruxism usually aren't aware of the habit, so they aren't diagnosed with the condition until complications occur. That's why it's important to know the signs and symptoms of Bruxism and to communicate to either Dr. Pizzino or Dr. Drexler that you may have some of these problems that relate to Bruxism.
Bruxism is a functional activity that occurs in most humans at some time in their lives. In most people, Bruxism is mild enough not to be a health problem; however, 25% of people suffer from significant Bruxism that will become symptomatic. Nocturnal Bruxism causes the majority of health issues, and can even occur during short naps. Bruxism is one of the most common sleep disorders as millions of people grind their teeth during sleep.
Many people suffer from Bruxism which can damage enamel, wear down teeth, cause jaw pain, or irritate your gums. If you clench or grind your teeth, you should consider wearing a night guard when you sleep. It provides a barrier and cushion between your top and bottom teeth and alleviates most, if not all, of your symptoms!
At Westport Family Dental, Dr. Pizzino and Dr. Drexler are very happy to answer any questions you may have concerning Bruxism and night guards.