Grinding or clenching the teeth
Bruxism is a habit which involves excessively grinding of the teeth and clenching the jaw.
It’s surprisingly common, affecting 8-10% of the population; and is most common among 25-44 year olds. It can be stress-related, but once the habit has started, it is difficult to stop as it is subconscious.
Bruxism isn’t just an annoying habit – it can cause a series of related problems:
- Tooth wear/breakage
- Jaw pain, limited movement and other disorders
- Sleep disturbance/insomnia
- Over-developed jaw muscles – making the face look square or swollen
Most cases of Bruxism occur or are at their worst during sleep, which makes it quite hard to tackle.
BOTOX injections can be used to calm the overactive muscles to reduce their action and break the cycle.