Every fifth German grinds his teeth. The so-called "Bruxismus" is not considered as a disease, and he can have gastric hyperacidity, or sleep disordered breathing even positive. If the crunch but takes the upper hand, damage to the teeth, joints, Jaw, or the masticatory muscles is possible.
The causes of bruxism are many and varied: Stress, anxiety, or sleep disorders, Acid reflux from the stomach, nicotine, alcohol, caffeine and drug consumption, medications, or genetic factors as a trigger into question. To a certain degree of teeth grinding to be harmless and sometimes even helpful: In the case of heartburn bruxism helps, because increased saliva is formed, and the muscle tension is counteracted by pauses in Breathing during sleep (sleep apnea).
There are different types of bruxism, such as teeth grinding by professionals is called: It can be done in your sleep or in the waking state, as well as rhythmically, or over a longer period of time constant. With the eruption of the teeth, the grinding can start, more often it turns on but in teenagers and young adults, then the age decrease again. Also silent together of the teeth or excessive tension in the masticatory muscles for this presses include.
In case of Overload, however, the abrasion of the teeth and joints, complaints of the masticatory muscles or the Jaw. Cure bruxism can, but there are a number of measures that reduce the activity, protect teeth and relieve pain. An occlusal splint worn during the night for example.
Experts from over 30 professional societies and institutions in Germany have scientific knowledge about the gnashing of teeth worn together and in a new guideline are summarized. A patients information is available, which clarifies a good understanding about the diagnosis, consequences and treatment options.
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