Teeth grinding, or bruxism affects tens of millions of adults and children every day. Most children outgrow the habit. Some adults experience bruxism only occasionally, but for many, it is a chronic problem that can wreak havoc on your teeth. Those who grind their teeth may not be aware of the practice unless someone mentions it, or they begin to have symptoms. And some symptoms can be severe.
One fond memory that all children cherish from their childhood is that of their baby teeth and placing them under their pillow at night – so that the tooth fairy could exchange them for coins and other goodies! What a way to turn pain into joy and leave the children smiling at the end of the ordeal! However, not all children have it easy and there may be a need to intervene and pull the tooth in some cases when there is extreme discomfort.
Have you ever awakened in the middle of the night feeling breathless? It can be scary, right? Has anyone told you that you snore? Maybe even complained about it? These are both symptoms of sleep apnea. Even though many people suffer from the effects of this problem, it remains a serious condition that is still not well understood.