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What is bruxism

Bruxism is teeth grinding or clenching. Most adult or children donít know they are gnashing their teeth in sleep or daytime. In the United States, about 30 million to 40 million people have bruxism.

Some adult or children gnash their teeth only during sleep. This is "nocturnal bruxism" or "sleep-related bruxism." Others clench their teeth during the daytime as well. This is thought to be related to stress or anxiety.

Bruxism can have a variety of causes. Some view bruxism as nothing more than a habit. It can be a result of the body's reaction when the teeth do not come together properly. Tooth grinding can be a symptom of rare diseases of the nerves and muscles in the face. Teeth clenching may be a side effect of medicines that treat depression. These include Prozac (fluoxetine), Zoloft (sertraline) and Paxil (paroxetine).

Severe bruxism can be blamed for some cases of jaw pain, temporomandibular disorders (TMD), headaches, unexplained facial pain and of course teeh damage like breaking dental fillings.

Zoloft bruxism

Antidepressant medications like Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft may cause teeth grinding and associated headaches. Soon more on zoloft and bruxism.

Bruxism jaw pain

Most people are not aware of teeth grinding. Only 5% develops symptoms such as jaw pain and headaches. Soon more on bruxism jaw pain.

Splint for bruxism

The central question about all splints is: how effective are splints for teeth grinding? Soon more on mouth splints versus mouth guards.

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