Most people who suffer from nocturnal teeth grinding are not aware that they grind or clench their teeth while sleeping. And why would they be? Usually, your dentist or a partner will be the one that lets you know that you have a problem. Teeth grinding is also known by the medical term of Bruxism and studies have shown that between 8 and 25% of all people grind or clench their teeth in one way or another. Grinding your teeth, while usually unnoticeable to the people that do it, can result in several long term dental issues and is definitely worth addressing as soon as possible.
At SportingSmiles, our main concern is always the dental health of our customers. If you suspect that you are a sufferer of bruxism, our first recommendation is always to see your dentist.
They will likely be able to identify the signs of nocturnal teeth grinding before you are fully experiencing them. However, we also want our customers to be as informed as possible about their own dental health. With that in mind, we have composed a list of some of the most obvious signs that you may be suffering from Bruxism.
The 4 Symptoms of Teeth Grinding
You or your dentist might notice that you have flat spots on your molars or have cracked teeth. Another telltale sign is regularly worn out or cracked dental fillings.
Your sleep partner may hear your teeth grinding or clenching while sleeping. While grinding sounds coming from your side of the bed may well be an indicator of bruxism, you should certainly consult with your dentist to be sure.
Pain or soreness might be felt in the jaw muscles, especially after waking up. Clenching and grinding during your sleep will create tension in the jaw muscles.
Headaches or Migraines in the Morning
If you find yourself regularly waking up with a headache or migraine, it may be associated with tension caused by bruxism during sleep.
There are several other symptoms that are potentially connected with grinding your teeth, but these are the most common indicators. If you are concerned, we recommend visiting your dentist to get a professional recommendation. Typically, the first treatment for bruxism will be a night guard that is worn while sleeping.
There are a few different types of night guards available. Some of the materials work better than others for specific sufferers and their symptoms, depending on whether you are grinding or clenching and what the severity is of your bruxism. The harder materials tend to work better for teeth grinding, while the softer materials work better for teeth clenching. SportingSmiles makes both types of guards and also makes a combination hard and flexible night guard that is designed for both.
If you suspect that you might have Bruxism you should schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. Once the teeth are worn away, there is no way for them to repair themselves.