Teeth grinding, also known as jaw grinding or bruxism, is the process by which people press, clench or physically grind their teeth against each other. This usually happens at night when the teethgrinder is asleep, and he or she will be completely unaware of it while it's happening, although it can make a loud noise and disturb other people sleeping in the room! Classic signs that you have been teethgrinding while asleep are a sore, tense, aching or clicking jaw, headaches, tender teeth and uneven wear on the teeth.
Tooth grinding can have physical causes - it has been connected with some jaw disorders, and it can also happen if someone has an uneven bite or occlusion, ie the upper and low rows of teeth don't quite fit together properly. As a good, even bite is essential for us to be able to chew food, there is a natural instinct for us to try to develop a perfect bite. The tendency to bite or grind down on our teeth is therefore not uncommon in children.
However, the habit frequently persists into adulthood, and bruxism is connected to stress and emotional problems. People are more likely to grind their teeth when they are under stress, for example students taking exams are particularly prone to bruxism.
In terms of the effects of teeth grinding, the symptoms mentioned above can cause discomfort. Longer term, serious teeth grinding can lead to dental problems such as gum disease, wearing down tooth enamel which can't be replaced, and cracking, breaking or losing teeth.
Because persistent teeth grinding can cause dental problems, it's a good idea to visit your dentist if you think you have the signs of bruxism. He or she can check on the state of your teeth, see what damage has been done, and possibly also fit a teeth guard to physically prevent you from grinding your teeth.
However, as stress is often the root cause of bruxism, a therapy like hypnosis can help you to relax, get to the bottom of the stress, and help you develop more positive strategies for coping with and conquering stress. Teeth grinding is an unconscious habit, and hypnosis works with your unconscious mind to reprogram your teeth grinding response into something more relaxing and positive.
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