Our web community offers practical advice and shared solutions to fellow Bruxer’s. Our aim and vision is to share best practise, and explore alternative treatments to Bruxism. We believe that the best advice and solutions come from those that actually are affected by Bruxism.
We hope that you will join our community and share what has worked for you, and what methods you think may help other people. More often than not, we rely on expert advice that in some cases isn’t suitable to the needs of the Bruxer. We believe that if something occurs naturally in nature, then the solution can also be found naturally, in nature. There may be measures that can be taken to lessen the pain and discomfort associated to Bruxism, however overall a permanent cure is better than any intermediate device.
For those of you that are familiar with Bruxism, you will be well aware of the affects this can have. However for those of you that have relatives, or a loved ones that suffer with Bruxism, you may not be fully aware of the complexities.
What is Bruxism?
The dictionary definition:
brux•ism The habitual, involuntary grinding or clenching of the teeth, usually during sleep and sometimes associated with stress.
So what does this mean? This is a question that many Bruxer’s may face? Am I grinding due to some unknown subconscious issue? Or is this a learnt habit that can be unlearnt? Am I suffering with stress and anxiety which is causing Bruxism and affecting me during sleep?
With some individual’s Bruxism occurs while awake, however this is mostly expressed by clenching of the jaw, as apposed to teeth grinding.
Around 80% of teeth grinding occurs during sleep which means that it can sometimes go unnoticed, with the Bruxer awakening to headaches, pain in the jaw, cracked, chipped and eroded teeth.