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If during sleep we have the habit, the bad habit, of grind your teeth, maybe we are not even fully aware of it but in fact we are suffering from a disorder that also has a name of its own. It is called technically bruxism. In most cases you do not notice grind your teeth, it is done unconsciously and precisely at a time when you are not vigilant about your actions and most likely no one next to us is watching us.
As it turns out then the bruxism? From its side effects, from the consequences of grind our teeth which, as we can imagine, are not at all pleasant. By clenching your jaws for a long time, grinding your teeth and doing some sort of mild chewing motion, you can end up wearing down your teeth, suffering from headaches and other symptoms we are about to experience. It is also important investigate the causes of bruxism, physical or psychological as they are, because it is a problem on which it is possible to intervene, whether it occurs in a moment of sleep, whether it occurs during a waking time.
Teeth grinding: symptoms
Often and willingly in the critical moment of waking up in the morning, those suffering from this disorder find themselves in bed with their eyes open and a feeling of pain that ruins the face caused by sensations of widespread pain to the jaws. It is one of the symptoms of grind your teeth, is one of the signs that it is important to understand to become aware that you suffer from this disorder.
He is not the only one, there are also other "clues". For example, the swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck, the onset of headaches or migraines during the day, sudden twinges in the temples or a particular tension in the nape of the neck. Frequent indigestion and bad breath can also be gods symptoms of bruxism.
By running your eyes on all the symptoms listed, you realize that these are symptoms referable to very different pathologies. It is therefore not immediate to understand that the diagnosis is that of bruxism, one can be misled or led to think that it is something else, so careful attention is required medical-dental analysis to get to teeth grinding.
If we have any doubt that it is bruxism but we want certainty, before intervening, it is good to undergo a dental visit. The specialist will most likely notice and report excessive wear on the teeth, especially the molars and premolars, whose cusps appear worn.
With age, these teeth wear out, and it is normal to happen, but of course when bruxism is involved, there is a high degree of wear with respect to age, due to improper use of the dental arches. The teeth themselves weaken and it can also happen that they become not very mobile or move from their seat.
Once we have been diagnosed with this problem, we shouldn't shrug thinking that basically it is "just" about grind your teeth every now and then because if you neglect it you can even get to have serious dental problems. Not only. Neglecting bruxism also means neglecting what causes it, and very often these are situations of permanent discomfort or unhealthy lifestyle conditions.
The curative intervention must be as timely as possible, especially that bruxism also occurs during the day as well as at night, because it means that particularly high state of tension. The good thing, wanting to see the positive side, is that if you grind your teeth even during the day, it is easier to notice and intervene with the help of a doctor.
Teeth grinding: causes
We have mentioned psychosomatic causes, let's try to clarify before creating avoidable paranoia. In a completely involuntary and unconscious form, the bruxism it is a disorder that reveals a strong state of emotional tension, a tension that a person feels in an intense way and that does not express, on the contrary, that it holds back. Not allowing himself to "throw out" this tension, the subject suffers from bruxism it is nothing more than the unconscious attempt to unload it with a "liberating" gesture that wears out our teeth and soul because it is not actually very liberating.
I talked about tension but it can also be treated of anxiety and aggression, both when accumulated can result in a continuous and unconscious grinding of the teeth.
The bruxism daytime is rarer than nighttime because in fact during the day, in the light of the sun, it is easier to ignore tensions and anxieties, distracting oneself or having other priorities in mind, work or otherwise. It is in the evening, and at night, that then all the sensations denied in the previous hours come back out, peep into our heads during sleep and lead us to grind our teeth, to tighten the jaw, to contract the jaw in an unnatural and insane way.
From the various medical and psychological studies carried out, an indicative profile of the subjects emerges suffer from bruxism, let's not take it literally but as a reference. Those who grind their teeth tend to brood, find it difficult to say no, prefer to repress the anger they feel for fear of exaggerating or not to trigger feelings of guilt. Repressed aggression makes us clench our jaws, it is a sort of simulation, through the gesture of biting, of an archaic attack on the alleged "enemies".
Even children can be found a suffer from bruxism and also in this case it is a sign of the presence of a state of tension, of an emotional difficulty that is being experienced, perhaps because we are facing a critical phase, whether it is the beginning of school, the arrival of a little brother , puberty.
Grinding your teeth: how to stop
Before thinking about how to quit, it is important to understand how to notice it, in this sense a dental visit to the right specialist can be helpful. The ideal is a gnathologist, a dentist who specializes in chewing problems, who will apply a device called a “bite“, With corrective and containment functions.
Grinding your teeth: tips
Putting this appliance on isn't enough to stop grind your teeth, it is necessary to eliminate the cause of the tension that is at the origin of the disorder and which most likely also has other symptoms related to depression, panic, muscle tension, headache, nervousness. The advice is therefore to begin to deal with the psychological discomfort that is at the base by carrying out psychotherapy sessions and adopting a healthy lifestyle that always helps to regain balance.
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