Do you lie awake at night because your partner slides his teeth or molars long and noisy? Then you probably share the bed with a real grinder. This sound is often easy to correct with a special bit from the dentist. But researchers at Radboud UMC in Nijmegen now state that a visit to the physio can't hurt either.
About 20 to 30 percent of the people suffer from grinding their teeth. It is therefore one of the most common sleep disorders in our country. As a result of unconscious brain activity, the chewing muscles are activated, as a result of which parts of the teeth are pushed over each other with great force or clamped onto each other. Grinding teeth often happens unconsciously, people do it in their sleep. You do not realize it yourself, but it can disturb your bed partner's night's sleep considerably. Moreover, it can cause serious damage to your teeth. For that reason, many patients receive a silicone bit at the dentist. But according to researcher Simone Gouw, this solution is not enough.
“The wear of the teeth is only a possible consequence. You don't solve the problem with a bit. Moreover, grinding the teeth often causes neck and headache complaints. That is because people clamp their jaws and those muscles are connected. The tension on the jaw can cause a headache, ”Gouw tells EditieNl. "For those who really want to do something about grinding their teeth, it is better to go to a physiotherapist to tackle his or her cramped muscles."
The Nijmegen researcher discovered a considerable gap between what science recommends and what the patient gets home as advice. “In practice, dentists often think fairly simply: the problem is due to stress and with a bit you have solved it. But there are more risk factors that can cause teeth grinding, such as alcohol, nicotine, caffeine and amphetamine use. In addition, it can be a side effect of certain antidepressants. "
According to jaw physiotherapist Ingeborg Kok, few people realize that their headache complaints are caused by grinding their teeth. Through awareness exercises she tries to reduce the tension complaints in her patients. “Many people are completely unaware that they are jamming with their jaws. While some of them have full prints on their tongue, "she tells Edition Nl." Patients have never linked their neck and headaches to jaw tension and grinding. "