Bruxism, ways of controlling it and why people do not embrace mouth guards

bruxism-5Mankind is a creature that is progressive in terms of finding ways to make his life better. To do this, it has been important for mankind to always search for knowledge by trying to unravel the unknown. The curiosity in mankind in wanting to find out more about things that affect his livelihood has helped mankind to take great leaps in the growth in knowledge in medical realms.

Health and wellness are some of the basic aspects that determine the quality of life that an individual experiences. For example, without health, an individual is not able to enjoy any other aspects of life. As such, mankind has always strived to ensure that he has the utmost control of health matters. To do this it was imperative to study and understand all human conditions.

Major health conditions with major consequences were obviously given the first priority and after some time had solutions for many of the major ailments that affected mankind. Discovering, studying, and finding solutions for the minor health conditions however took much more time and medical scientists are still working to understand and find solutions of many minor health conditions.

An example of such a minor health condition is bruxism. Bruxism is a condition where the individual grinds his teeth, clamps the jaws forcefully, or repeatedly bites against the teeth. This is a condition that was for many years taken for granted with people thinking it was a harmless trait among certain individuals.

Bruxism is however a condition that can have adverse effects on the individual. Some of these effects include developing headaches, having sore jaws and painful gums, excessive teeth wear, breakage and cracks in the teeth, injuries to the tongue and the cheeks, and hypersensitive teeth especially when one takes cold drinks.

Bruxism is a condition which is first recorded in history in 1907. After some study, experts believed that bruxism is a result of psychosocial factors that include stress and anxiety. Other triggers of bruxism was also attributed to recreational drugs, alcohol, smoking and high quantities of caffeine.

Since bruxism is a condition that is most destructive when one is asleep, one of the best ways of controlling the teeth grinding condition is by wearing protective night mouth guards. Mouth guards are protective devices worn in the mouth and they are very effective in preventing or reducing damage to the teeth. During intensive bruxism, mouth guards help protect the teeth from excessive wear and they also protect the lips, tongue, and cheeks from getting injured.

Despite mouth guards being very effective in preventing and controlling bruxism, many people suffering from the condition are not always ready to use the mouth guards. Some of the reasons for this is because for some they deem the costs of the mouth guards too costly for such a mild condition.

Other people who refrain from using night mouth guards to manage their teeth grinding and clenching is because they find the mouth guards too uncomfortable especially during their sleep. Some are simply not aware of the benefits of a mouth guard.