The literature has recently documented that dental bruxism (defined as daytime and/or night time clenching and grinding with or without noise) has increased dramatically over the last 40 years. Many ear, nose and throat specialists have noticed a similar increase in tinnitus and vertigo during the same time period. Because the the anatomy of the inner ear and temporomandibular joint are adjacent, it was just a matter of time before the medical and dental specialists discovered the connection.
How Clenching and Grinding Effect You
It is documented that people clench or grind 2-6 hours nightly. The major variable is intensity. This intensity has been measured up to 3000PSI. To contrast, chewing has been measured at 68 PSI. That is almost 50 times more intensity at night. With intense grinding and clenching, the TMJ area becomes very inflamed. Because of the close proximity to the inner ear and trigeminal nerve, tinnitus and dizziness can become an issue. Ortho-Stop, worn at night, will greatly reduce clenching and grinding. If the tinnitus or vertigo is TMJ related, Ortho-Stop should be considered in the treatmement of the tinnitus or vertigo patient. Night guards are of minimal help. Ortho-Stop is custom made to your mouth and is very comfortable. Ortho-Stop is cost effective , and highly effective in reducing the symptoms of night time clenching and grinding. Improvements are usually noticed between 1-4 weeks. More information about Ortho-Stop and its creator,Robert Pine D.D.S., is available at www.Ortho-Stop.com.
More to come on Clenching and Grinding
Future blogs will discuss deep sleep, anxiety, depression, immunity and wellness and there relationship to clenching and grinding.