brux·​ism | \ ˈbrək-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce bruxism (audio) \

Definition of bruxism

: the habit of unconsciously gritting or grinding the teeth especially in situations of stress or during sleep

Examples of bruxism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Headaches and migraines have been associated with insomnia, sleepwalking, bruxism, restless leg syndrome and narcolepsy as well, Dasgupta added, some of which could imply a genetic factor. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 22 Sep. 2021 While the causes of bruxism are largely unknown, some experts believe this behavior is related to sleep patterns and processes within the central nervous system. Dr. Jacinta Leyden And Dr. Stephanie Widmer, ABC News, 12 July 2021 Just keep in mind that the real fix will be figuring out the root cause of your bruxism. Kaitlyn Pirie, Good Housekeeping, 26 June 2021 In a February survey conducted by the American Dental Association, 76 percent of general practice dentists said the prevalence of teeth-grinding, or bruxism, among their patients had increased compared to pre-pandemic times. Washington Post, 17 June 2021 As the pandemic eases, here’s some advice about brushing up on your oral care habits and dealing with bruxism. Washington Post, 17 June 2021 Night guards are helpful when patients are dealing with nighttime bruxism. Courtney Schmidt,, 3 June 2021 In children, secondhand smoke and sleep problems contribute to bruxism. Courtney Schmidt,, 3 June 2021 Car accidents, chewing popcorn seeds or some other event may crack teeth — but in the absence of that knowledge, bruxism might have caused the injury. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 29 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of bruxism

1932, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bruxism

irregular from Greek brychein to gnash the teeth + English -ism

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“Bruxism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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brux·​ism | \ ˈbrək-ˌsiz-əm How to pronounce bruxism (audio) \

Medical Definition of bruxism

: the habit of unconsciously gritting or grinding the teeth especially in situations of stress or during sleep

Other Words from bruxism

brux \ ˈbrəks How to pronounce bruxism (audio) \ intransitive verb
bruxer noun

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