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What is bruxism?

March 22, 2019 1 min read

Bruxism is when a person grinds their teeth while not chewing. The teeth grind or rub together as the jaw moves forcefully either from side to side or back and forth. Often, the person is not aware that they are doing it.

Teeth clenching is when a person holds their teeth together and clenches the muscles, but without moving the teeth back and forth.

People can grind or clench their teeth during the day and the night, but sleep-related bruxism poses a bigger challenge because it is harder to control.

Bruxism is one of the most common sleep disorders. It is an unconscious neuromuscular activity.

Myofascial muscle pain, temporomandibular joint dysfunction, and headaches may occur. Severe cases can lead to arthritis of the temporomandibular joints.