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Bruxism

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by Badash M

(Teeth Grinding)

 

Risk Factors

Bruxism is more common in people aged 40 or younger. Women aged 27-40 years old are more likely to get bruxism.
Factors that may increase your risk of bruxism include:
 

Treatment

Methods of treatment include:

Orthodontic Treatment

Your dentist may advise:
  • A protective mouth appliance, such as a night guard. It can absorb the pressure of constant night grinding.
  • Correction of misaligned teeth if your bruxism might be caused by this.

Medication

Medication is only recommended for short-term use. Medications may include:
  • Muscle relaxants before sleep
  • Mild sleeping aids
  • Injection of botulinum toxin (Botox) in severe cases if other treatment not working
Bruxism that is not treated may result in gum damage, tooth loss, and jaw-related disorders.
 

RESOURCES

Academy of General Dentistry
http://www.agd.org

Mouth Healthy—American Dental Association
http://www.mouthhealthy.org

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Dental Association
http://www.cda-adc.ca

The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association
http://www.cdha.ca

 

References


Bruxism. University of Virginia Health System website. Available at: http://uvahealth.com/services/dentistry/conditions-treatments-1/11995/?searchterm=bruxism. Accessed September 9, 2014.


Chang H. Botulism toxin: use in disorders of the temporomandibular joint. Dent Today. 2005;24:48,50-51.


Tan EK, Jankovic J. Treating severe bruxism with botulinum toxin. J Am Dent Assoc. 2000;131:211-216.


Teeth grinding. Mouth Healthy—American Dental Association website. Available at: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/t/teeth-grinding.aspx. Accessed September 9, 2014.

 

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