Why crunches with your teeth is so dangerous

Bite your teeth and through! Some carry on at night, which he demands during the day and unconsciously mutes his teeth. Sometimes so much that, in an extreme case, the healthy tooth substance rubs down to the gums. We explain where the crunch comes from and what you can do. Bruxism is what the dentists call what almost every second European sometimes gently grind or squeeze his bite. In doing so, they partially reach 20 to 30 times the normal chewing pressure and ruin their teeth in this way. Some do it in their sleep, others by day: they are bitten, ground, pushed and sometimes also rattled. "In the case of sleep bruxism, the affected persons tend to crunch, while in wax bruxism they usually press their teeth together". At the university policlinic, Dr. sees daily as a dental head of the department psychosomatics in dentistry, people with the bad consequences.

Five symptoms of tooth crunches

Knuckles do this to their teeth
Cracks in the molten tooth, broken corners, loose fillings, jaw misalignments and completely rubbed tooth substance are all part of this. If we imagine what massive forces are involved, one can scarcely believe that half of the toothbrushes do not even notice the constant pressing and grinding. As a result, they do not mind and only seek help from the dentist if the damage is already large. What the dental specialist sees then is creepy: Abrasive teeth up to the level of the gums. In the case of such and similar teeth, the affected persons describe themselves as shocked that they have held the abrasion for a normal age. "It happens that we have to crown all the teeth because they are so damaged," says the dental specialist. Many are astonished when they hear in the course of the treatment, that one has to bite teeth only to chew. When swallowing, for example, a tooth contact is not required. Anyone who does not know or is aware of this will have the bite of torture. Day and night these are treated in bad cases and lose more and more substance until the second layer of the tooth is exposed.

Causes: Tense in the teeth
The cause of the tooth-destroying activity can be deviations in the jaw joint or tooth misalignments, which lead to the teeth not exactly as it should actually be exactly interlocked, thus have a favorable occlusion. In addition, mental problems, including depression, anxiety disorders, or isolation are also the cause of stress. "Many people lack the ability to relax in periods that are not stressful," says an expert. So, in periods when you have peace, so sit with a book at home on the sofa and not waste your thoughts on a stressful day, some people tend to dismantle the collected pressure of the day. "The stress situation is the trigger, but the problem can no longer be switched off," says the specialist from the University Hospital.

How crunches ruins the health
In individual cases, certain sleep disorders can also lead to such night complications. Experts perform traumas as a result of accidents as well as certain drugs or drug use. Even alcohol and smoking are supposed to create bruxism. Apart from the consequences of the dentition, bruxism can also lead to extreme daytime sleepiness and promote snoring. Studies show that a sleep apnea with dangerous respiratory distress occurs more frequently in crunches.

This protects the teeth
Remedies for tooth abrasion bring so-called bite splint rails. For this purpose, an imprint of the usually lower jaw is taken at the dentist and a pass-through, transparent plastic rail is produced, which the dentist then checks and adjusts if necessary after the insertion. In a scientific opinion, the Society for Functional Diagnostics and Therapy (DGFDT) recommends the use of hard splints, which are placed over the teeth, and on the other side have a surface relief that allows the upper jaw to be as optimally positioned as possible. A rail surface thus produced is called adjusted. "We do not recommend soft rails because it emulates so much that it triggers a chewing effect," says the specialist. The hard rails are still softer than the molten tooth so that when crunching the plastic strip is rubbed off and not the tooth. However, once rail is always called rail because the transparent plastic body between the teeth does not alter the urge to crunch. If he is lost or worn out after a while, he should immediately take a replacement.

You can do this to stop the crunch
The disadvantage of this therapy: It does not change the basic problem of the crunch, but only provides a tooth protection. The problem at the root, on the other hand, comes from therapy forms such as the learning of stress management mechanisms and the sharpening of self-awareness. "Someone who has a completely tense neck does not help, by simply asking him to let him go, he cannot do it," said the dentist. For people who unconsciously crunching, that is similar. You must first get a feeling for when they are tense. A practical help, which everyone can try out for himself, is, for example, a red point at the monitor corner. Whenever you look at this, you can make yourself aware of whether you're just tense and bite your teeth or not.

Medications are not a permanent solution
In physiotherapy, stubborn cramps are first resolved by manual therapy. Afterward, the patients learn how to relieve the jaw and how chewing movements and the opening and closing of the jaw are performed. In addition, there is still the possibility of drug therapy, in which muscle relaxing drugs can be given, or the Nerve gift Botox is injected. However, the DGFDT sees this only as a short-term treatment option. If you really want to move something in the right direction, you should use the possibilities for active therapy.

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