Many times people who experience bruxism are not very eager to take measures to control their condition. Some of them do not even realize that they have the condition!
Bruxism is a condition where the individual grinds or gnashes his or her teeth. Bruxism may also involve the individual vigorously clenching their teeth. Some people usually experiences only one of the above symptoms but some may experience both actions. Bruxism may be experienced when one is awake or when one is asleep.
Women most of the time are more prone to experiencing bruxism when they are awake whereas both men and women experience bruxism when they are asleep. In sleep bruxism, teeth grinding is the more common action while in awake bruxism, jaw clenching is more common.
The bruxism actions of either teeth grinding or jaw clamping are many times taken for granted with people assuming that these are normal actions which are all but traits that some people may have. In fact, there is no medical mention of it in all historical records and the first time that we see serious attention given to it is in the early 1900’s.
Due to the casual attitude that people have for bruxism, many people do not realize that it is an abnormal condition that can be harmful to the individual. Extensive bruxism actions can result to the individual having cracked teeth, chipped teeth enamel, or broken teeth. Such people are also likely to develop teeth that are hypersensitive especially to cold or hot drinks and food. People suffering from this condition might also end up often waking up with headaches or sore jaws.
It is not wise to make light of the consequences of bruxism. People who experience it should try to control and manage it by wearing mouth guards. A mouth guard is a device that is worn over the teeth to protect the teeth from damage. For people who experience bruxism, a mouth guard helps protect their teeth by preventing the teeth coming together. A mouth guard also helps to prevent or reduce bruxism since it cancels the sensation that one gets when grinding the teeth.
Wearing a mouth guard is a simple, affordable and very effective way of controlling bruxism. However, people who have the condition seem to be reluctant to use mouth guards. This could be due to several reasons.
One of the reasons for this is due to the fact that wearing mouth guards usually has an uncomfortable or unnatural feel. Some people find that this feeling is too much of an inconvenience for them especially when trying to sleep. People who have awake bruxism may find it a bother especially when talking or eating.
Another reason why people might opt not to use mouth guards that can be very helpful for their bruxism is because they feel that wearing mouth guards is not cool. Some may find that wearing mouth guards will also make them look awkward and unappealing.
There is also cost. Some people might consider mouth guards to be too costly for them.