WHAT IS BRUXISM?
Bruxism is the unconscious action of intensely grinding your teeth.
More and more people suffer from this ailment, which is considered a reflex of nervous tension in the teeth and in the mouth. Bruxism tends to affect women more than men and especially between 20 and 40 years of age.
The diagnosis is usually made during a dental examination: the surface of the molars, which normally looks similar to peaks and valleys, becomes completely smooth. Sometimes a clicking sound is also appreciated when performing the movements of the joint when we open our mouth, when eating or when yawning.
When we clench or grind our teeth we exert 40 times more power than when we chew. The thing is that bruxism does not always generate symptoms, although the signs of bruxism are clearly identifiable and the dentist will be able to show you: wear especially on the edge of the teeth or tips of the fangs, molars that lose their shape (each time are flatter), etc. It can also present with symptoms such as headache, neck or ear pain, a feeling of tension in the jaw, etc.
In addition to suffering great wear of our tooth enamel that can be accompanied by dental sensitivity, fissures and fractures of our teeth and molars, we can suffer jaw and ear pain, headache or tension headaches, facial and neck tension, and problems (pain, clicking noise, difficulty opening the mouth, etc.) in the temporomandibular joint.
The answer is NO. Bruxism is not a disease, but a disturbance of the nervous system mainly due to stress. If we manage to control this stress and other factors, we can reduce the level of bruxism almost to a minimum so that it is not harmful to the teeth, the muscles or the joint.