Psychosocial aspects of bruxism: the most paramount factor influencing teeth grinding

Biomed Res Int. 2014:2014:469187. doi: 10.1155/2014/469187. Epub 2014 Jul 13.


In clinical practice, patients suffering from an occlusal parafunctional activity have increased. It can be observed that a negative influence of environment aggravates patient's health. The aim of this paper is to present the impact of environment and development of human civilization on the prevalence of bruxism and the correlation between them. The authors grasp the most relevant aspects of psychological and anthropological factors changing over time as well as their interactions and describe a relationship between chronic stress and bruxism. Current literature shows how contemporary lifestyle, working environment, diet, and habits influence the patient's psychoemotional situation and the way these factors affect the occluso-muscle condition.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anthropology, Medical*
  • Bruxism / epidemiology
  • Bruxism / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Stress, Psychological*