Signs You May be Grinding Your Teeth at Night

Signs You’re Grinding Your Teeth (Without Your Spouse Telling You)

Grinding teeth can cause a lot of damage to the inside of a mouth. It is also something that can go without diagnosis for an extended amount of time. If someone is grinding their teeth in short bursts throughout the night, rather than constantly, then they may not show symptoms until seen by a dentist. That is, unless a sleep deprived significant other makes them aware of the situation.

Nocturnal tooth grinding (bruxism) affects 8% of adults, and although the cause is unknown, there are a lot of different things it has been linked to, such as:

  • Sleep Apnea
  • Anxiety/stresschild grinding teeth
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Snoring
  • Fatigue
  • Use of certain medications (amphetamines)

4 Signs You’re Grinding Your Teeth:

  1. Wake up with headache or facial pain
  2. Your back teeth are flat
  3. Your teeth have small cracks
  4. You can’t help but to chew on things during the day

Adults experiencing bruxism can also suffer from headaches, earaches, jaw pain, jaw joint disorders and damaged teeth. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, please contact us to schedule an appointment.

There are a few different things you can do (in home and with dentist) that will ease the pain and tension from teeth grinding. The first is stress management. Whether it is meditation, exercise, or talking to a professional, managing your stress is key in preventing teeth grinding. Additionally, sleeping position will affect teeth grinding. Sleeping face up will prevent bruxism but sleeping sideways or face down will increase chances of it. One can also use a lukewarm washcloth on the jawline before bed or even buy a mouth guard for bedtime. The most extreme cases of bruxism will lead to surgery or prescription medication.

If you notice your significant other or child grinding their teeth at night or if you’re waking up constantly with jaw pain, don’t delay. Schedule an appointment at Jordan Dentistry.

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