Bruxism, the unconscious grinding and clenching of the teeth that mostly takes place while we are asleep. It affects about one in four adults, with symptoms that can include an aching jaw, headaches, gum problems and the danger of tooth enamel being eroded. The pressure on the teeth during grinding can be 20 times greater than the force used in normal chewing and biting. As a result, the incisors can end up shorter with sharp edges and tiny chip marks, and the canines can be covered in notches. Teeth can also work loose and fillings be gouged out.
In the past treatment for bruxism has been basic, with sufferers usually having to wear a mouth guard. Botulinum toxin more commonly associated with cosmetic procedures, are now being used as a way of keeping it under control. The effects last for about four months.
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