Teeth grinding (Bruxism)

Teeth grinding (so-called bruxism) is the involuntary clenching and optionally additional back and forth movement (“grinding”) of the rows of teeth on each other.

The symptoms usually occur during sleep, in rarer cases (also) during the day. Men and women are equally affected and also children can suffer from bruxism. However, in the growth process of younger children, this is a condition that can occur from time to time and is not a cause for concern. However, if the child is over six years old, the cause should be clarified so that excessive tooth abrasion can be counteracted in good time if necessary.

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Grinding teeth is not only uncomfortable, it can cause damage to teeth, gums and the entire jaw. Under normal circumstances, our teeth only come together rarely and briefly. Even when chewing, they usually only touch each other for seconds or less. However, those affected by bruxism press their teeth together much longer and harder and grind their teeth against each other, often for several minutes.

Since the causes of bruxism can also occur or be aggravated as a result of grinding teeth, affected people often end up in a vicious circle that needs to be broken.

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Therapy of teeth grinding (bruxism) at the dentist