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Researchers at the National Taiwan University have developed a sensor which is to be embedded into a single tooth and used to study and identify different oral activities. The sensor is fitted with an accelerometer which is meant to record movements. The team of researchers presented their device at the International Symposium on Wearable Computers in Switzerland. By measuring jaw movement, the device can assist in diagnosis and management of teeth grinding.

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For people suffering from bruxism, sleep becomes a gnashing and noisy experience and is not restful. Since bruxism happens during sleep, it may often go unnoticed. Unchecked bruxism will cause tension headaches, facial pain, jaw pain and worn out teeth. People suffering from obstructive sleep apnoea are at a higher risk of bruxism. Stress and anxiety are other causes of bruxism.

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Sleep related bruxism is a common problem among young children. The problem affects 14 to 17% of children of both sexes. Bruxism is associated with sleep disruption, jaw pain, headaches, facial pain, teeth wear and even teeth loss. Teeth grinding should be evaluated
by a sleep specialist who will eliminate the presence of sleep disorders as a direct result of
teeth grinding.

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