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How Many People Really Struggle with Bruxism?

Posted on 5/24/2021 by Office
How Many People Really Struggle with Bruxism?Bruxism is the professional term for teeth grinding. This happens when and individual bites down too hard unintentionally, at times when it is not productive. Bruxism is common during sleep. Most people do not know they have bruxism until they experience a dental issue related to the condition. Unfortunately, bruxism is fairly common.

Who Suffers from Bruxism?

Bruxism can be more common in people with anxious personalities. This is because clenching the jaw or grinding teeth can be a response to nerves. Those with angry personalities may experience bruxism as well, because anger, pain, or frustration can lead to clenching the jaw or grinding the teeth as well. Athletes may be prone to the condition as well because they are competitive, hurried, or because pressure of weight lifting or endurance activities may lead to clenching of the jaw. Overall, about 1 in 3 people suffer from bruxism at some point in their lives.

What Can Be Done?

The biggest part of treatment for bruxism is behavior change. While most do not know they're engaging in the behavior, becoming aware of triggers and engaging in behavior modification techniques may save the teeth and jaw from the effects of chronic bruxism. There are other options that work well in conjunction with behavior modification, including wearing a mouth guard at night or during workouts. In some cases, biofeedback is also used to monitor muscle activity to better learn how to reduce it.

Overall, bruxism is common, and most of us clench our jaw or grind our teeth at some point even if it doesn't rise to the level of bruxism. If you are wanting more information about bruxism, how to prevent it, or how to treat it, please give our office a call and we will be happy to help.


Derrick Flint, MD, DDS | Matthew Largent, MD, DDS

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