If you’re starting to feel as if something strange is going on with your teeth, especially first thing in the morning, it could be a condition called Bruxism, or “teeth grinding” as it’s more commonly known. Of course, we’ve all heard of it but what do you do about it and how can you tell if you’re grinding your teeth at night? There are genuinely essential questions that you need answers for your oral health. Therefore, let’s take a closer look at this condition, so you have the answers you need.
What Causes Teeth Grinding?
Teeth grinding is more of a sleep-related issue than it is an oral issue. Most commonly, this condition is when you grind, gnash or clench your teeth, while you’re sleeping. However, you can also do these things, unconsciously, while you’re awake, too! It’s important to know that, if you grind, chances are you also suffer from other sleep-related conditions like snoring or sleep apnea.
If your specific condition is mild, you probably don’t need any special treatment. For some, though, clenching and grinding can get so severe enough they need immediate treatment. Those that have severe sleep Bruxism symptoms can also suffer from severe headaches, jaw disorders or harshly damaged teeth.
Symptoms of Bruxism
If you think there’s even a small chance you’ve developed this condition, it’s important to be able to identify the symptoms so you can then seek treatment.
One of the most significant and most noticeable symptoms is grinding your teeth loud enough for your partner to hear at night. If you don’t have a partner, it could even wake your friends or family if they sleep near you one night.
Also, if you notice your teeth are flatter than usual, chipped, excessively worn tooth enamel, loose of fractured teeth for no apparent reason, chances are, this is happening because you’re grinding your teeth. You may also feel sharp pain, discomfort or additional sensitivity in your teeth. Moreover, you could also be experiencing pain in your jaw in the form of a locked jaw or extra tenderness.
Other than that, you might realize you have Bruxism because you’re experiencing a headache in your temples several times a week, potential damage to the insides of your cheeks and finally, disruptions in your sleep you can’t quite put your finger on.
All of the above are possible symptoms of teeth grinding while you’re sleeping or even while you’re awake. Of course, with every person, symptoms can be less serious, or more severe, depending on how serious your teeth grinding condition is.
If you’re noticing any of the symptoms we’ve discussed, on any level, it’s time to see a dentist near you to talk about getting a night guard. This is especially true if your partner is waking you in the night to tell you-you’re grinding your teeth, or you notice significant damage to your teeth. Additionally, if you’re experiencing severe headaches or other various disturbances to your day, it’s defiantly time to call your doctor.
From damage to your teeth to daily headaches to certain serious conditions, such as lockjaw, this can be a serious an unfortunate condition, especially if you wait too long to seek treatment form a medical professional. Thankfully, now, you’re aware of the just exactly what grinding is, what the distinct symptoms are and when you should be calling your doctor. Remember to pay close attention to your teeth and any jaw or headache symptoms you might be having, as these are some of the first indications. Best of luck and take care of those teeth!