It is thought that teeth grinding Bruxism effects nearly 1 in 3 of us and that number looks set to grow with Dr Azad Eyrumlu claiming “teeth grinding is a relatively common condition and it’s something we are seeing a lot more of during the pandemic – perhaps as much as a 20% rise. As stress and anxiety has heightened it’s no surprise this is presenting in the body in different ways”.
All this means that there are likely to be more people waking up with headaches, aching jaws and facial pains – as well damaging their TMJ (temporomandibular joint).
These pandemic stresses and their impacts on people oral and psychological health is spurring the industry into action and it is no surprise that the Sleep Bruxism market is predicted to grow 6.1% between 2021 and 2028.
As awareness around Bruxism teeth grinding and clenching has grown, SleepRight Europe has recognised that there is a key role for ready to wear guards, alongside bespoke fittings, to ensure a holistic approach to Bruxism solutions. This is particularly important in light of recent pressures on the health services and dentists caused by huge backlogs built up over the pandemic – meaning ready to wear mouthguards must play a larger role as a stop gap or permanent (depending on customer needs) alternative for the growing numbers that suffer from teeth grinding and clenching.