Parafunctional oral habits refer to any abnormal use of the teeth, tongue or jaw muscles. Examples include bruxism (teeth grinding), clenching, nail-biting and chewing on objects.
These habits can cause a variety of dental issues including tooth wear, chipping, cracking, sensitivity, and even tooth loss. They can also lead to headaches, earaches, and facial pain.
Stress, anxiety, misaligned teeth, and sleep disorders are common causes of parafunctional oral habits.
Yes, there are various treatment options available depending on the severity of the habit. These may include wearing a custom mouthguard, orthodontic treatment, behavioural therapy, or medication.
Reducing stress levels, avoiding hard or chewy foods, and practicing good sleep hygiene can help prevent parafunctional oral habits from developing.
There is evidence to suggest that genetics may play a role in the development of teeth grinding.
Yes, children can develop parafunctional oral habits just like adults. Thumb-sucking and tongue-thrusting are common habits in children that can cause dental issues if left untreated.
Schedule an appointment with your dentist or dental hygienist to discuss your concerns. They can evaluate the extent of the habit and recommend appropriate treatment options.
It depends on your specific insurance plan. Contact your insurance provider to determine which treatments are covered under your plan.
With diligent effort, most people can significantly reduce the frequency and intensity of their parafunctional oral habits over time. However, completely stopping a habit may be difficult for some individuals.