Looking for possible jaw pain causes? Bruxism may indeed be the culprit if you suffer from chronic jaw pain. The question is, what exactly is Bruxism? Who is at risk of developing the problem? And, how is it treated? We investigate below.

What is Bruxism?

It sounds complicated but, essentially, Bruxism refers to the instance when people clench their jaws or grind their teeth, most often while sleeping – although many people suffer from ‘awake Bruxism’ too. If severe enough, Bruxism can lead to dental damage, frequent headaches, and significant jaw pain. Bruxism is actually one of the most common causes of jaw pain. 

What Causes Bruxism and Who is at Risk?

More often than not, Bruxism is a symptom of stress and tension. ‘Awake Bruxism’ is often a sign of emotional issues and is a way of coping for the individual. Many who suffer from ‘awake Bruxism’ will exhibit symptoms when dealing with intense emotions, including anger, anxiety, and frustration. ‘Sleep Bruxism’ is almost always associated with another sleep disorder, such as snoring or sleep apnea. 

Those most at risk of developing Bruxism include people who are under a lot of stress, those with aggressive or competitive personality types, and those who have family members who have been diagnosed with Bruxism. Bruxism may also be associated with various other medical conditions like Parkinson’s disease, dementia, and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disorder). 

How is Bruxism Treated?

In mild cases, bruxism may not need much treatment at all.  However, in more severe cases where it is causing jaw pain, headaches, neck discomfort or even damage to one’s teeth, it can be treated.  Common strategies include stress or anxiety management, mouth guards and bite plates, and rehabilitation of the jaw and neck with exercises. 

 Struggling with jaw pain or headaches brought on by Bruxism? Looking for TMJ pain relief?  We can help. Here at the Head and Neck Centers of Excellence, we look to correct the effects of Bruxism with our special exclusive non-surgical A.S. Remodeling Protocol®. Learn more about the all-natural treatment today by getting in touch with our team and to find out if you are a candidate.