I self-diagnosed myself with a ‘peculiar’ sleep disorder which even my physician was unable to diagnose. I had completely lost hope until one day he suggested me to consult with a dentist because he doubted I was a bruxist. I was at a loss about how the two can be interrelated – my sleep and Bruxism. Still I booked an appointment and there I was sitting in front of my dentist who said exactly the same thing my physician had told me before. I had Bruxism and involuntarily grinding my teeth was making me restless at night.
What Is Sleep Bruxism
Sleep Bruxism is the act of grinding your teeth while you are sleeping. Studies expound that scores of people (nearly 70% – Yes, you read it right) show different types of bruxing behaviors. However, bruxism affects only 8% people with worse sleeping disorders, in which they are unable to obtain enough sleep.
The Relation Between Oral Health And Sleep Disturbance
It took me a while to ascertain the fact when my dentist told me that nearly two third of people above 18 don’t get their proper sleep due to several reasons; and oral health issues was one of them. So, if after reading the symptoms you diagnose yourself with Bruxism too, you are not alone and should visit your dentist to get it diagnosed and treated. Meanwhile the following signs can detect if you are a victim of bruxism:
How To Know If You Have Bruxism?
If you have any of these symptoms you might be grinding your teeth as well. Symptoms might include:
- Constant pain in neck or jaw.
- Flattened teeth.
- Waking up with chronic headaches
- Disturbed sleep – where you are waking up in the middle of the night several times.
What Oral Health Issues Can Grinding Teeth Bring About?
Bruxism can affect your oral health in a number of ways. Some of them could be:
- Facial pain or strain in cranial muscles
- Loose or fractured teeth, or sometimes you can end up losing a tooth as well.
- Temporomandibular disorders – Pain in temporomandibular joints surrounding your ears.