Bruxism – a widespread complaint
Yes, it’s true: bruxism, unconscious grinding of the teeth has become a widespread complaint. In the meanwhile, every fifth German rubs their jaws against each other and grits their teeth, especially unconsciously and at night. This reduces the stress hormones that have accumulated in the body through excessive everyday strains – this is the result of medical studies.
Bruxism is a “parafunction”
Around 14 million Germans suffer from unconscious and involuntary teeth grinding. Your dentist, Christian Bärenklau, is familiar with this phenomenon: bruxism is a “parafunction”, in other words, an unnatural use of the chewing apparatus and counts as one of the worst complaints related to the masticatory organ. Bruxism can cause serious damage to the masticatory apparatus. This most clearly visible damage consists of the increasing wearing out of the teeth with possible fractures right up to damage of the jaw bone. The following symptoms can be warning signals for this disease: sensitivity of the teeth to heat and cold, dizziness and headaches, chronic pain in the jaw joint and vertebrae of the neck, in other words, neck pain. Especially in the mornings, you can feel tenseness in the cheeks or temples.
Bruxism – who is afflicted by this?
Stress, nervousness and hyperactivity – these are the simple causes of teeth grinding. In short: the more stress, the more bruxism. This pressing and grinding of the teeth affects women among adults especially, between the ages of 30 to 45. But children are also not immune to stress and hyperactivity. Up to a certain degree, grinding of the teeth by children can be seen as normal up to second dentition. A very recent study has shown that significant features of tooth deterioration caused by bruxism exist in over 50 per cent of the population – and this applies equally whether the complaint is still present or has already been cured.
Are you a teeth grinder?
There are many symptoms that could affirm this. In the long term, aesthetic appearance will be affected which shows through the abrasion of the teeth: teeth usually become shorter and the canine teeth often show a real cutting edge which is recognisable. The jaw joints are often painful when pressure is applied. Often, your partner is also disturbed in their sleep due to the nightly rubbing and pressing of the teeth. The Bärenklau dental practice team will be happy to give you advice on the possible measures against teeth grinding.