Perhaps you had a particularly irritating commute from work, and then you realized at the end of the day that your jaw was clenched tight the entire ride home. Or maybe you grind your teeth when you are nervous or anxious about an upcoming business meeting or dental appointment! Most people do grind or clench their teeth from time to time, but it is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of chronic tooth grinding also known as bruxism. This condition can lead to oral health problems and dental issues later.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF BRUXISM
- Your partner might complain about the fact that you grind your teeth while you sleep. People who grind their teeth on a regular basis often do so during the night, and most individuals are not necessarily aware that it is happening.
- You may experience a persistent and unexplained headache if you grind your teeth too often. You may not even realize why you have this headache, because you are not aware of the fact that you have been grinding your teeth during your sleep. Take note of any headaches that you have, and if you cannot attribute them to another source, then it could very well be as a result of nocturnal bruxism.
- Your jaw will more than likely become sore if you suffer from bruxism. If you wake up in the morning and have any discomfort in your jaw, you might have spent the night grinding your teeth.
- Restless sleep.
While many people associate their teeth grinding with stress, it actually is caused more often by crooked teeth, an overbite, or an under bite. If left untreated, bruxism can lead to a variety of complications, including dental injuries, hearing loss, the onset of TMD, or even some insomnia. The good news is that there are treatment options that are available and affordable!