By Chris Temelkos
Do you ever wake up with a sore jaw? Perhaps, you are unconsciously grinding your teeth in your sleep. Bruxism, a movement characterized by grinding or clenching of the teeth, which usually happens while asleep, affects 20% of Canadians and can develop in childhood or adulthood.
The condition is caused by stress, something we all face in today’s society or the abnormal structure of a persons’ bite. If you suspect you have Bruxism, it is important to get it treated, if not tended to, grinding your teeth can cause headaches, jaw muscle discomfort, receding gums, sensitive teeth and abnormal wear or breakage of the teeth, things you want to avoid. Severe cases may require surgery to prevent jaw dislocation.
All hope isn’t lost if you’re afflicted with Bruxism, Dr. John Perlus says, wearing a mouth guard during sleep will prevent both sets of teeth from grinding against each other while helping the jaw muscles relax. However, others may need to have their bite adjusted through a variety of dental techniques. Most importantly, experts recommend getting to the root of the problem by using relaxation techniques and exercise to relieve stress. Through the vast options available to treat Bruxism and some simple ways to prevent it, there is hope for sufferers.