Bruxism is a habit that affects around 8-10% of the population. It is broadly characterised by grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw that causes tooth wear and breakage, disorders of the jaw (pain and limited movement) and even headache.
Symptoms of night time bruxism are defined as Grinding of the teeth, Clenching of the Jaw and Noise emitting. (The Noise made by bruxism has nothing to do with ones health but it annoies others in the same room a lot.)
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The damages various depending on the stages of bruxism one is in. Primary, it would be slight disturing other and teeth wear, breakage. Moving to the next level, damages could be even worse such as masster muscle sore and pain, disorder of the Jaw and headache.
Here is a list of damages that Bruxism could casue: Disturbing Others / Teeth Wear / Masster Sore & Pain / Gum Recession / Abfraction / Jaw Disorder / Headache
Why bruxism occurs is not always clear. In the dental profession the belief that bruxism and dental occlusion are causally related has been widespread. However there is little evidence to support this belief.
Stress, Anxiety & other Psychological Components
It is easy to access for everyone whoever has as smart phone. It helps people who are suffering from bruxism to find a rough rythm of it.
Pure Physical Product
Cheap but expensive if one keeps using it in a long run and the most efficient way to reduce the damages so far, but it will never be of help for bruxsim curing.
Expensive but collects accurate data in a long run and could emit stimuli like sound or vibration to help users form a responsive habit which could possibly cure bruxism.
Interview with Dentist
I visited a dentist in a local dental hospital pretending to be a patient with bruxism to understand the medical circumstance and professional attitudes relevent to bruxism. What I have found out was that mouth gaurd is the only one solution available in China from hospital, and patients are always underestimating the damages it could cause.
Interview with Bruxism Sufferer
Bruxism sufferers are aware of having Bruxism, but usually underestimate the damages it could cause untill someone keep complaining of the niose to them or they start to feel physical sore and pain. They are pretty much shocked when they were told it may cause further health problems. Based on that, bruxism could be roughly devided into 3 phases in accordance with the symptoms they are having both in physical and mental. Patients in different stages have various needs, but what in common is the access to their bruxism data, info and an efficient way of communicating with other patients.
I joined two online bruxism sufferers QQ groups for oberserving what the members care about the most. It has lasted for few months and what I have found was that most of the people don't have much knowledge about it, some of them regarding dentist as incompetent for unabling to have their bruxism cured. Most people were positive to find solutions for hindering bruxism, but the attitude goes to the other end when bruxism gets worse, people would feel desperate about it for no medical solutions could save them from bruxism.
Bruxism sufferers want to be more aware of what's going on at night.
Bruxism is not fatal, but people with bruxism are not only suffering from physical damages but psychological stress.
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Alex is a moderate patient of bruxism and he has been suffering from bruxism for few years since his mother firstly told him about the symptoms he was having at night, but he didn’t really pay much attention to it at that time. When at university, his roommates were always complaining about the sound made by bruxism to him, which made him eager to find a way out for curing it. He tried several approches to cure bruxism, but didn’t really work out.
- Bruxism Conditions
Alex, for having Bruxism for years, his teeth has been worn to some extent, and somtimes in the day time, he feels a dull pain in the jaw, and he would give it a massage with his hands for reliving the pain. he worries about it pretty much. But what he worries mostly is creey sound at night disturbs his girlfriend quite much and she always complain it to him.
Wants to track down bruxism data in details
Wants to reduce noise made by bruxism at night
Wants to have himself relaxed before sleeping
Wants to have a community to discuss about bruxism with other sufferers
Ideation on product
Based on 3D printing, the one to one scale model was made with materials and colors simulating the final product in my mind.