Bruxism—also known as teeth grinding—can be a serious dental problem. Sadly, the exact cause of bruxism is unknown, there are a few signs you can watch for and a few things that can be done to avoid the problem entirely. However, some people may not even realize that they struggle with teeth grinding.
If you grind your teeth during the day, it’s fairly easy to notice and you can teach yourself to stop. However, many people grind their teeth during their sleep. This is problematic because teeth grinding can lead to damaged teeth, headaches, and jaw pain. Similarly, people who deal with bruxism are also more likely to have sleeping disorders such as sleep apnea.
Similarly, if you’re told that you make a grinding or clenching sound while you sleep, you may be unknowingly suffering from bruxism. Other common signs of bruxism include waking up with injuries on your tongue or your cheeks, with frequent headaches, a tired jaw, or earaches. If you notice any of these signs, please visit your dentist.
You dentist will be able to recognize the signs of teeth grinding fairly easily and will be able to offer you the solution that best meets your needs. Depending on your unique circumstances, he or she may recommend techniques to help you relax or to help you learn how to avoid grinding your teeth. They may also recommend a custom appliance—usually a mouthguard or splint—that will protect your teeth from grinding.
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