Bruxism is another name for teeth grinding and jaw clenching.
What makes the habit so annoying, for friends and family, is that most people who grind their teeth and clench their jaw aren't aware they're doing it. It often happens during sleep, or while the person is concentrating or under stress. Somewhere between 8% and 31% of people grind their teeth.
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Bruxism can happen while people are concentrating or under stress (or asleep). And it may simply be a habit that someone has got into.
People who grind their teeth may experience facial pain, headaches, earaches, stiffness in the jaw joint, disrupted sleep (or their partner might), worn-down teeth, and broken teeth or fillings.
People are more likely to grind their teeth at night if they suffer from obstructive sleep apnoea, which interrupts their breathing while they sleep. People are also more likely to grind their teeth if they talk or mumble in their sleep, kick or punch in their sleep, experience sleep paralysis while waking up or falling asleep, or experience hallucinations.
People sometimes use a mouth guard or mouth splint to reduce the sensation of clenching or grinding of their teeth. With solution-focused hypnotherapy, people can be helped to relax and reduce their stress levels. The therapist can empty their metaphorical stress bucket. That, in turn, can help them get a good night's sleep.
Because bruxism is a habit that people do without realising it, the solution-focused hypnotherapist may ask people to put a rubber band round their wrist and ping it every time they find themselves grinding their teeth. Just becoming more aware of the habit can help people to stop.
The therapist might suggest that clients cut down on their alcohol intake - if that is an issue - because alcohol and drugs (and smoking and caffeine) can increase a person's teeth grinding. The therapist might also suggest that they stop chewing gum (or anything else that they regularly put in their mouth) and just let their mouth relax.
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