Bruxism: Why grind your teeth at night?

Bruxism is defined as teeth grinding during the hours of sleep, so involuntary. However, it should not be a problem to not pay attention, quite the opposite, as it can take even another set of problems for our health, both of the mouth in particular and our health in general.


So, physicians and specialists remember that bruxism not only damages teeth, but can also cause pain in head, neck, face and ears.

When speaking of bruxism, dental health specialists distinguish between bruxism downtown (characterized by a tightening of the jaw) and eccentric (teeth grinding). Why bruxism appears? The main risk factor is the stress, but it is also related to a problem of stability when biting, i.e., there is no a correct gear assembly of the teeth.

The constant clash between the teeth, albeit unintentionally, these will wear out prematurely, causing a further overhead to the tissues that make supporting the teeth (gums, bone and periodontal ligament). This may be a consequence, and that the teeth can begin to move and, eventually, finish falling.

To avoid any of the consequences and problems of bruxism is important to see your dentist. In any case, do not forget that it is advisable to perform a periodic review of your mouth and teeth, to prevent or diagnose not only this problem, but any other that may appear and put in risk our oral health.

When bruxism is severe, i.e., when it has already caused some irreversible damage to the teeth, is usually included as part of the treatment, a splint that protects the teeth during sleep.

Childhood bruxism
Bruxism is usually more common in children, especially in the section of age between 4 and 6 years. While it is often a problem that disappears as the final denture is completed, but that does not diminish to consult the dentist because bruxism can also cause tooth wear and gum problems although suffering at younger ages. Nor it is possible that, as with adults, there is also a component of anxiety in childhood bruxism.

The care of our mouth is essential, not only as a matter aesthetics, but because the teeth are essential to chew and digest food properly. In addition to practicing good oral hygiene, it is important to visit the dentist regularly for a revision of the teeth.