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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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 Grinding your teeth—also known as bruxism—is a classic parafunctional habit. Korin Miller, SELF, 20 Oct. 2020 Symptoms of bruxism include pain when teeth are together and/or brushed, swelling indicative of infection, lingering pain and/or cold or broken pieces of teeth, Peek said. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 29 Sep. 2020 Other stressful circumstances — divorce, moving, deployment — have also been known to increase bruxism, Koshgerian said. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 29 Sep. 2020 Smile Spa combines ultrasonic and UV cleaning to disinfect mouth gadgets (clear aligners, retainers, sport mouth guards, night guards, bruxism appliances, TMJ appliances, dentures, water flosser tips and toothbrush heads). oregonlive, 28 May 2020 One final note: Dr. Thompson says that facial pain, including pain in your sinuses, can also be related to migraines, neck tension, or bruxism, aka grinding your teeth. Sarah Bradley,, 24 Sep. 2019 Teeth grinding – which is also known as bruxism – is very common in children, especially among toddlers and preschoolers. Mary Caldwell, ajc, 30 June 2018

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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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The first known use of bruxism was in 1932

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8 Jun 2021

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“Bruxism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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