As a curiosity, I am going to tell you that more than 70% of the Spanish population suffers from bruxism.
But what exactly is bruxism?
It is the so-called clenching or grinding of the teeth.
Most of the time we do it without realising it and almost always while we sleep.
There are two types of bruxism: centric bruxism or teeth clenching and eccentric bruxism or teeth grinding.
Why is bruxism important?
Because it can have a major effect on our teeth and muscles. Bruxism can cause overloading of the teeth and thus contribute to tooth wear or tooth fracture. It can also increase the risk of tooth recession and tooth sensitivity.
How do I know if I am a bruxer?
Some patients report discomfort in the jaw area when they get up in the morning, others notice a lot of tension in their mouth.
Other times the patient does not notice anything, it is me who, after an examination of their mouth, where I observe signs of this, I suggest that they can do it.
That is why I advise you to come and visit us and with simple questions I will guide you to find out if you are a bruxist.
Why do we clench or grind our teeth?
The causes are many and varied. Among them we can find the frenetic pace of our lives, stress.
Other causes have to do with our emotions, with the way we experience them and how we express them.
How is it treated?
Nowadays, most bruxist patients are recommended to wear an unloading splint, especially for sleeping.
The splints we make at Periodent are made of a comfortable, comfortable and solid material.
Our patients (including myself) are delighted with this type of splints, due to their comfort and adaptability.
In my case, it reassures me to think that with the splint my teeth are safe and protected, and also, as many of my patients report, my jaw feels much more relaxed in the morning.
Some patients report less tooth sensitivity after wearing the mouthguard.