The Age of Bruxism

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No matter what age you are, you are at risk for bruxism. It is more likely in children and young adults then it is in adults, but can happen in almost anyone. The good thing is there is a variety of options for bruxism treatment for people of all ages. There are a number of things that can trigger you to grind your teeth no matter young or how old you are. Stress is one of the most common triggers when it comes to teeth grinding, but there are a number of other factors to consider as well.

Anxiety and Stress

Teeth grinding may be related to emotional or mental difficulties, like tension and worry. Studies have demonstrated around 70% of instances of sleep bruxism are due to tension or tension, which changes individuals subconsciously while they are asleep. Elevated rates of work-related anxiety may get a significant adverse effect in your sleep-related grinding episodes.

Being concerned or distressed may cause one to clench your jaw or grind your teeth. Bruxism may also occasionally be due to taking certain antidepressants used to treat stress and depression.

Sleep Disorders

Studies have revealed people who snore or have a sleep disorder, like obstructive sleep apnea, are more prone to grind their teeth while they are asleep. OSA causes your breathing while you sleep, to be interrupted.

The connection between OSA and bruxism has only been identified pretty recently, and also the precise connection between the two states is not entirely understood.

  • You’re also more likely to grind your teeth
  • You talk or mumble while sleeping
  • Act out while asleep, like kicking out or striking
  • You have sleep paralysis (a temporary inability to move or talk while waking up or falling asleep)
  • You experience hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that aren’t actual) while you are semi-conscious.


Bruxism can sometimes happen as a side effect of taking certain kinds of drugs. These generally include some psychotropic medications which affect your mood, like antipsychotics and antidepressants.

In particular, bruxism may also be linked to a form of antidepressant known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor. Examples of SSRIs include paroxetine, fluoxetine and sertraline.

You might not develop any symptoms, although there is a higher risk of developing bruxism in the event you are taking these drugs. Talk to your doctor before you start taking any type of medication because it can worsen your bruxism.


There are a number of factors that you need to consider as possible reasons for your bruxism. You will not know for sure until you see your dentist and he can provide you with an official diagnosis. There are a number of treatment options available as well.