Bruxism is grinding your teeth and is defined as an oral parafunctional activity. Although this commonly occurs with most people at some point in their lives, there are some researchers who are proving that the body doesn’t waste movement like this and there is, indeed, a reason for all this grinding.
The two main characteristics of this condition are grinding the teeth and clenching of the jaw. These actions usually occur during a person’s sleeping hours, but occasionally they occur during the day.
Recent research is showing that bruxism is related to breathing and maintaining our airway. It has been shown that grinding our teeth is a muscle clench that helps to open a collapsing airway while we sleep. The most common symptom is excessive daytime tiredness. Other symptoms include earaches and headaches, depression, eating disorders, anxiety, and chronic stress.
Bruxism does destroy your teeth and has a hugely negative impact on our oral health over time, but the compromised airway that it represents has a greater and immediate impact on our overall health. This is an aspect of our health where medicine and dentistry overlap. Dr. Sharifi maintains a cutting edge knowledge base on treatment of these issues to improve your overall wellness and good health.
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