Most of the time people may not know that they grind their teeth at night. If someone sleeps in the same room as them, they may have been told. However, if someone frequently wakes up with a sore jaw or a headache it could be a symptom that they are grinding their teeth.
One of the biggest factors that can lead to teeth grinding is certain medications, along with high stress and the lack of relaxation.
What causes teeth grinding?
Teeth grinding, or bruxism is when someone clenches and grinds their teeth during the night. There can be different symptoms, but the primary ones are the following:
- Jaw and teeth pain after waking up
- Sore jaw muscles after sleeping
- Flat, worn down teeth
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Waking up with a headache or sore neck
One of the best things to do if you believe that you could be suffering from bruxism is to speak with the dentist. They can look at a person’s teeth and see signs that would indicate that a person may be grinding their teeth at night.
How can I stop teeth grinding?
Having bruxism (teeth grinding) can be from a number of factors including psychological, physical and genetics. Either way, finding relief from it is important, whether it is occurring during sleep or when a person is awake.
For someone that is dealing with teeth grinding primarily at night, the typical treatment is that they are fitted for a night guard.
These devices are similar to teeth guards that are used during contact sports. Instead, it is worn at night and will alleviate any teeth clenching and grinding that may occur. A person’s dentist can fit them for a night guard and custom make one if it is a prevalent issue that requires a top quality guard.
Most patients find out that once they begin using the night guard and become accustomed to how it fits and feels while sleeping, that they get much better and more restful sleep. They no longer have to deal with waking up with headaches or sore muscles and find their sleep to be more restful and undisturbed.
Is it better to talk to my dentist or doctor about teeth grinding?
Although any doctor will know how teeth grinding and bruxism works, the best person to talk to is your dentist. Because of their training and ability to look for signs on a person's teeth for bruxism, it can take the guesswork out.
By having their knowledge and years of experience, you can get the answers you want and know the best course of action for how to alleviate the issues.
If you believe you may be grinding your teeth, contact our office and we can help. By either giving you more information or scheduling a time for you to see the dentist, we can help guide you in finding relief. Contact us today!
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