Bruxism, which occurs when people grind and clench their teeth, affects 10% of the population and may play a role in temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD – though the exact link is yet unclear). TMD originates from the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Your TMJ is a hinge that connects your jaw to the bones of your jaw that are in front of your ears. This hinge enables you to move your jaw up, down, and side-to-side, allowing you to talk and chew food. This joint is, therefore, incredibly important for a normal and healthy lifestyle.
A new study, published in the journal Neurology, finds that botox might help alleviate bruxism. While only 22 people were studies, according to the research, “people who were given the placebo injection reported no improvements in teeth grinding or clenching, but those who received Botox reported that their symptoms had “very much improved” or “much improved.” “The research team concluded that botox helps alleviate night bruxism. More studies are definitely needed, but researcher Dr. William G. Ondo, of the Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas, notes that bruxism “is a very common problem with no established treatment, so these results are encouraging.”
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