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Epilepsy and Teeth Grinding

Epilepsy is a chronic, non-communicable brain disease that affects some 5 million people across the world. It is also known that epilepsy and teeth grinding has a direct correlation because of the brief episodes of involuntary movement.

What is bruxism (teeth grinding)?

Bruxism is a condition characterized by grinding or clenching the teeth when awake or asleep. In awake people it is easier to detect; however, bruxism during sleep is the most studied.

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What are the causes of bruxism?

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– Psychological factors such as stress, mood, anguish, nervousness, and sadne – Genetic factor – Respiratory infection – Consumption of alcohol or caffeine – Smoking habit

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What is the connection between epilepsy and teeth grinding?

Neurologists from Vithas Nisa hospitals have warned that sleep disorders in children, such as insomnia, sleepwalking, night terrors, bruxism, and rhythmic movements may be linked to epileptic seizures that make it difficult for them to rest.

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