Bruxism: a common ailment

Written by: Dr. Joan Bladé Marsal
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Seven out of ten adults suffer from bruxism. The main symptoms that can cause this ailment are muscle aches and contractures in the cervical area, jaw pain or, the most common, tooth wear. Although it may seem like a strange habit, the action of clenching your teeth involuntarily has increased by 30% in recent years.

The only solution to bruxism is a dental splint. It is a piece adapted to the mouth of each patient, which molds to the teeth and allows the muscles of the jaw to relax. In this way, it is avoided to hit the joints with the movements of rhythmic friction of the teeth that are not made by the action of chewing.


People who have bruxism can endure a pressure of about 150kg, while when we chew consciously we perform a force of 10 or 40kg. Do not prevent the effects of bruxism, it can end up wearing out and damaging part of our teeth.

There are recommendations to prevent the emergence or recurrence of this bad habit. The tips to avoid bruxism are for example sleeping on your stomach, not consuming stimulant drinks such as coffee, watching your body posture and practicing sports regularly and, above all, not chewing gum.


*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Joan Bladé Marsal

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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