Bruxism is the unconscious clenching or grinding of teeth, during sleep. Nocturnal teeth grinding is one of the most common sleep disorders.
Bruxism comes from the Greek word "brychein," which means 'to gnash the teeth'. It can cause enough noise to disturb the bed partner's sleep.
"The smith's dog sleeps at the noise of the hammer, and wakes at the grinding of teeth." - Unknown
On an average, bruxism occurs about 25 times a night, with each episode lasting anywhere between four to five-seconds. In some cases, people with bruxism may grind their teeth for more than two minutes.
Sleep bruxism may go unnoticed when it is in a mild form, which may not warrant treatment. Victims wake up to the problem only in the midst of complications which could manifest as jaw problems,
Awareness about the condition is important; Corrective
- Bruxism - (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruxism)
- Bruxism (teeth grinding) - (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/bruxism/DS00337)
- Bruxism Treatment - (http://www.sleepdisordersguide.com/bruxism-treatments.html)
Latest Publications and Research on Bruxism
- Atomoxetine-related bruxism in a 7-year-old boy: A case report. - Published by PubMed
- Towards a Standardized Tool for the Assessment of Bruxism (STAB) - Overview and general remarks of a multidimensional bruxism evaluation system. - Published by PubMed
- Probable Sleep Bruxism in Children and its Relationship with Harmful Oral Habits, Type of Crossbite and Oral Breathing. - Published by PubMed
- Sleep-Related Movement Disorders In A Population Of Patients With Epilepsy: Prevalence And Impact Of Restless Legs Syndrome And Sleep Bruxism. - Published by PubMed
- Survival rates and prosthetic complications of implant fixed complete dental prostheses: An up to 5-year retrospective study. - Published by PubMed