Have you ever heard someone gnashing his teeth while sleeping? Nope, you’re not dreaming; what you’re hearing is real. That sleeping disorder is called “sleep bruxism.”
“Bruxism” is derived from a Greek word, which means “gnashing of the teeth.” “Sleep bruxism,” therefore, is the “grinding of teeth during sleep.”
Causes of sleep bruxism
Sleep bruxism is believed to be caused by the following factors: digestive disorder, dental problems, suppressed anger, stress, anxiety, high levels of alcohol consumption, and masticatory muscle discomfort. Sleep bruxism is also theorized to be a complication of Huntington’s disease and may also be a side effect of drugs belonging to the amphetamine group.
Symptoms of sleep bruxism
Some of the symptoms of sleep bruxism are as follows: disturbed sleep, worn tooth enamel, exposing the inside of your tooth, sore gums, increased tooth sensitivity, earache, jaw muscle discomfort, headache, eating disorders, and chronic facial pain.
There is no known cure for sleep bruxism, but there are ways to reduce the impact of teeth gnashing, such as wearing an acrylic-based dental guard or taking vitamin supplements.