What is Bruxism?
Bruxism (teeth grinding) is involuntary clenching of the jaw, grinding and gnashing of the teeth that usually happens during sleep.
It is a condition that can affect adults and children and can occur during the night or day.
Most people don’t even know that they grind their teeth until they visit the dentist or their partner alerts them to the fact that they hear grinding noises when they are asleep. Parents may also hear their children grind their teeth when they are asleep.
What Causes Teeth Grinding?
Teeth grinding can be a result of stress. For example, some people grind their teeth when they are angry, concentrating or feeling anxious. Teeth grinding can also occur with the use of illegal drugs.
Some people don’t have any symptoms. Others may experience headaches, jaw pain, tooth pain or dental problems.
The causes of tooth grinding can be a result of:
- Stress and anxiety
- Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
- Drugs: Antidepressants, anti-psychotics, amphetamines, cocaine
Bruxism is a habit that affects around 8-10% of the population. It is characterised by grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw. This causes tooth wear and breakage, disorders of the jaw (pain and limited movement) and headache.
Symptoms of Teeth Grinding
Signs and symptoms of teeth grinding include:
- Headache, jaw joint and/or ear pain
- Aching teeth, particularly just after waking up
- Aching and/or stiffness of the face and temples just after waking up
- Aching or stiffness in the jaws while chewing, particularly during breakfast
- Clenching the jaw when angry, anxious or concentrating
- Temperature-sensitive teeth
- Cracked or chipped tooth enamel
- Tooth indentations on the tongue
- Raised tissue on the inside of the cheek caused by biting
- Loose teeth.
Teeth Grinding in Children
Many parents will have noticed the sound of their children grinding their teeth at some point, often as they sleep. However, because children’s teeth and jaws change and grow so quickly it’s not usually a damaging habit that requires treatment and most outgrow it as they get older.
The main risk factors for tooth grinding in children include:
- Pain when teeth are coming through
- Emotional stress and anxiety
- Medications such as antidepressants, anti-psychotics
- Medical conditions such as cerebral palsy, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Many of the signs that children grind their teeth are the same as for adults. We offer a solution for children, who grind their teeth, with the Sova Night Guard designed especial for children. Click here for more information on custom mouldable, do at home, mouth guards for kids.
How to Eliminate Teeth Grinding
Treatments for teeth grinding include splints/mouth guards (to be worn at night), repair of tooth damage, and stress management therapy.
- The Sanabrux dental mouth guard is an effective, cost-effective & clinically recognised medical device used to combat nighttime teeth grinding (bruxism).
Management of bruxism can include:
- Stress management therapy
- Relaxation techniques
- Cognitive behaviour therapy
- Good sleep hygiene
- Regular exercise.
How does Sanabrux Mouth Guard Work ?
The SanaBrux dental protection guard adapts perfectly to your teeth and your jaw. It is a flexible thermoformable dental splint that is reusable. The mouth guard is custom-fit to your bite and creates even pressure distribution thanks to its innovative design. What’s best is you can easily fit it yourself in the comfort of your own home in an uncomplicated procedure, simply using warm water. It perfectly adjusts to your teeth and guarantees optimal comfort. Even better, it can be remoulded several times!
It is a patented medical device that creates a perfect fit and protects teeth against erosion due to bruxism, grinding and clenching of the teeth, that offers superior comfort without much effort.
It effectively relieves nighttime teeth grinding, excessive biting, jaw tension, jaw and joint discomfort, headaches, neck and muscle tension.
The bruxism mouth guard is made of high-quality medical grade plastic, free of softeners. The mouth guard can be worn on the upper jaw at night or even during the day.
The use of Sanabrux prevents headaches (headaches), migraines as well as pain in the muscles of the jaw. Bruxism can occur through the day or night. People who suffer from bruxism unfortunately have no control over the twitching of their jaw, which occurs mainly at night (around 80% of cases). The best solution is to use a Sanabrux splint in order to protect your teeth and avoid damaging your teeth and unnecessary pain.
Contents of the Sanabrux Night Guard Set
• Flexible Thermoformable Mouth Guard
• Bite Plate
• Ventilated storage box
• Instruction Manual
Always when I am stressed I have restless sleep and grind my teeth. I personally never noticed this, but my dentist determined it, because my teeth were worn down a lot in certain places. When I was offered to test this device for free, I naturally accepted.
The device was sent the next day and it arrived safely to my home. A bite plate, a thermometer, the user manual and a short information booklet about how back and neck pain can be a result of teeth grinding were also included.
The practical thing is that you can adjust the device more than once, in case the first adjustment wasn’t right. You should definitely take some time for this process because it is very important for the perfect function. I personally noticed something was wrong during the first night. Since then it fits perfectly, without it loosening.
I am definitely satisfied and recommend trying the Sanabrux device. It is adjustable and sits nicely when adjusted correctly. I always use it during stressful times and therefore prevent my teeth from grinding.
How much are Dental Custom Fit Mouth Guards
A mouth guard from the dentist is very costly and ranges between $300 and $800, they can not be remoulded. This can be particularly costly for children whose jaw and teeth continue to grow and change.
Please consult first with your Dentist and seek advice if you fit any of the following categories:
- Suffer from severe periodontal disorders (gum problems).
- Have fewer than 8 teeth on the lower arch.
- Are aged under 18 years of age.
- If your teeth are unstable.