Could Botox prevent bruxism?
Botox could be used to prevent bruxism, according to one expert.
David Castillo, writing for the Grinza International Journal of Wrinkles, explained in severe cases of teeth grinding Botox can be a successful method of treating the condition.
He said: "Widely used commercially for cosmetic surgery applications, Botox weakens muscles in a person's jaw, thus disabling them and preventing motion that causes teeth grinding to take place."
If untreated, teeth grinding can be "extremely harmful" to a person's overall oral health, according to Mr Castillo, with the habit leading to an eventual loss of teeth in the most extreme circumstances.
As well as Botox being a useful treatment to help minimise the effects of severe bruxism, experts recommend adopting a healthier diet, reducing levels of stress and taking various vitamin supplements, such as magnesium, B5 and calcium.
According to the Bruxism Association, some one in ten people suffer from excessive teeth grinding.