Ever since I could remember, my siblings who shared the room would always tell me that I would gnash and clench my teeth while sleeping. Of course, I did not know then that I was suffering from bruxism/teeth grinding until I had my regular dental check up. The dentist said that what I had was sleep bruxism/teeth grinding which I unconsciously did while asleep. My siblings would complain that it was distracting their sleep because I was making this grinding noise.
My teeth started to chip off and some of the deeper layers of my teeth started to be exposed because of the worn out enamel. This got my mom worried and she started looking for additional information on possible treatment for bruxism/teeth grinding. Fortunately, she came upon this site that featured the latest development in bruxism treatment. It appears that 8% of people are afflicted with sleep bruxism while 2% are suffering from awake bruxism. This is surprising because I thought that I was suffering a rare illness. For more info, Please visit http://www.proteethguard.com/bruxism-information-center/
Even doctors are perplexed by the true causes of bruxism and it seems to be connected to emotions such as anxiety, stress, anger, frustration or tension. I certainly do not have these psychological issues and I am assuming that it might be due to the abnormal alignment of my upper and lower teeth.The reasons why mom and I are in haste to find treatment is due to my discomfort on having this illness which may eventually result into more serious damage on my teeth and facial muscle pain.
This website that mom found suggests several solutions like pharmaceutical treatments as well as behavioral modification therapy including mouth guards. However, treatment through drug therapy has not been well tested and research indicates that it has not shown any significant improvements on patients. Researchers also suggest that behavioral or relaxation therapy is only partially effective. Mouth guards seem to be the best treatment because they provide consistent protection for the teeth and cushioning for my jaw muscles. Additionally, there has not been any record of side effects from using mouth guards and it can easily be purchased from an online dental clinic. In fact, many athletes and sports enthusiasts are using mouth guards for teeth protection. Hopefully, this is the solution we are looking for.