Bruxism (Teeth Grinding)

Bruxism is the clenching and grinding of teeth. Most people have bruxism at some point in their lives and it is usually mild enough not to cause any problems. However, for some people, especially those who grind their teeth during sleep, bruxism can cause serious health problems including sleeping disorders and Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJD), or as it’s more commonly known, Jaw Pain.

Bruxism is a habit often associated with stress or anxiety. Its symptoms include pain in the jaw, trouble sleeping, and reduction in the size of teeth. It can often develop during a time of high stress, or emotional trauma, but can continue on afterwards simply because the habit has already been developed.

To treat bruxism, you should of course consult a medical professional, but you may also use many of the same treatments as TMJD, especially biofeedback.

Many people also find that a simple mouth guard is enough to help them break the habit.


What’s Next?
How to Find a Good Mouth Guard
TMJ Treatment
Jaw Pain

Resources:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002386/ (NIH on Bruxism)
http://www.sleepfoundation.org/article/sleep-related-problems/bruxism-and-sleep

How to Find a Good Mouth Guard for TMJ

How to find a good mouth guardFinding a good mouth guard for TMJ can be difficult. This article will help you know what to look for in a good mouth guard.

Mouth guards are useful for reducing clenching and teeth grinding during sleep. They can also be an effective treatment for TMJD.


Here is a list of the important factors to look for in a mouth guard. Many websites like amazon.com have user reviews where you can get feedback on how well a mouth guard does in any of these categories.

Stays in the mouth – It’s important that your mouth guard doesn’t fall out or get spit out during sleep.

Relieves Jaw pain – Check how well the mouth guard your looking at relieves jaw pain.

Reduces clenching – Some mouth gaurds will stop you from grinding without actually reduces the amouth of clenching druing sleep.

Easy to mold to your mouth – An important factor for a good mouth guard.

Comfortable and not too bulky – You’re never going to actually wear your mouth guard if it’s uncomfortable.

Overall increase in sleeping quality – make sure other consumers have had a much better sleeping experience with that mouth guard.

Price – Don’t be afriad to pay a little extra for a fantastic mouth guard. Quality mouth gaurds start around $50 and go to over $100.

We cannot officially recommend any particular mouth gaurds as we have not done any real testing, but we hear that SmartGaurd makes some good products.

Good luck finding a mouth guard that’s just right for you.


What’s Next?

Bruxism (Teeth Clenching)
Jaw Pain Overview
Jaw Pain Causes
TMJ Treatments

Resources:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002386/ (NIH on Bruxism)
http://www.amazon.com/s/mouth+guard
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/mouth-guards

Mouth Guards Wikipedia Page