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What is Bruxism?

Wondering what exactly bruxism means? Bruxism is a term used to describe a condition in which people will grind or clench their teeth. Because the majority of people who grind or clench their teeth do so during the night when they are sleeping, they are not aware of what they are doing. Other people living with bruxism will grind or clench during the day, with some being aware of what they are doing and others not, as bruxism is often a sign of some type of anxiety someone is currently experiencing.


Many people want to know what causes bruxism so they can find a treatment for it. Since health professionals really do not know the exact reasons behind why someone would grind or clench their teeth, they have made a list of risk factors that are often directly associated with a bruxism diagnosis. These risk factors include but are not limited to genetics, dealing with a lot of stress, undergoing a lot of anxiety and drug abuse. The majority of people living with bruxism participate in the grinding and clenching due to stress and anxiety.


Some of the more common symptoms associated with bruxism include overall jaw pain, headaches, earaches, sleepless nights, sore teeth and damaged teeth. While these symptoms may seem minimal, when they last for a long time, it makes it difficult for someone to efficiently perform their everyday duties. According to the Mayo Clinic, it is essential to see a health professional if any of the symptoms above are experienced.


While there currently is no cure for bruxism, there are bruxism treatment options available. It will simply depend on each individual person when it comes to the treatment options a health professional will offer. Examples of common treatment options include wearing a splint or mouth guard. Additional treatment options include learning appropriate or beneficial ways to deal with everyday stress and/or anxiety, practicing changes in behavior that support correct jaw position, participating in biofeedback procedures, taking prescribed medications and getting Botox injections. Extreme cases may need to undergo dental correction surgery.

A few tips for managing bruxism include going for relaxing walks, listening to music, practicing meditation, taking warm baths and avoiding caffeinated drinks.


If you think you currently have bruxism and are in need of a proper diagnosis, then making a consultation appointment as soon as possible is definitely recommended. As you can see from the information above, bruxism can really get in the way of being able to live your everyday life without experiencing some type of issue. Since there is no cure for bruxism, contacting an experienced health professional for their advice on treatment options is highly recommended. The sooner you find out what your treatment options are going to be, the sooner you can start living your life without having to experience issues. We are here for you if you need us!

Request an appointment here: or call Sendero Dental Studio at (949) 204-3761 for an appointment in our Rancho Mission Viejo office.

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