Bruxism is defined as the habit of clenching, gnashing, and grinding the teeth. These habits may happen while a person sleeps or while they are awake. The teeth are not supposed to be clenched and in contact at all times, and it is ideal for the teeth to only briefly touch while eating.
If the teeth are in contact at all times, combined with the pressure of grinding, there is a possibility that the enamel will be worn down and damaged. Besides teeth damage, jaw pain, and muscle pain around the facial area can be experienced.
For people who only experience bruxism at night, the person they sleep with will be the first to detect the problem. A person with this condition is not usually aware of the teeth grinding noises they make when they sleep. Experiencing a dull headache in the morning, sore jaw muscles, trouble with opening and closing the mouth and facial pain may be signs of nighttime bruxism.
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