What is bruxism?
Bruxism is an involuntary contraction of the jaw muscles that causes grinding or gritting of the teeth. While it most often occurs at night, bruxism can happen during the day. Stress and anxiety are also contributing factors.
Impact on dental and overall health
- Premature wearing of enamel
- Pain in jaw joints and face muscles
- Cracked teeth
- Broken fillings or restorations
- Headache upon waking
Relaxation techniques, a healthy sleep routine and wearing a biteplate can help counter and prevent damage to teeth caused by bruxism.
A biteplate is a horseshoe-shaped device that is worn over the teeth to prevent the upper and lower teeth from touching. The device absorbs any pressure exerted by the teeth, relaxes the jaw and prevents oral health issues.