How Harmful Is Nighttime Teeth Grinding?

July 20, 2021 3:53 pm Published by
sleeping man grinding his teeth at night

Do you wake up with a tender jaw or persistent headache? Or maybe you’ve noticed wear to the surface of your teeth? You may be grinding your teeth at night, while you sleep. Also known as bruxism, clenching and grinding your teeth can have lasting effects on your oral health. Keep reading to learn more!

What Is Bruxism?

Bruxism is another word for teeth grinding and clenching. This is a condition where you grind or clench your teeth, often during the night. Since most people grind their teeth while they’re sleeping, it is quite difficult to discover and address the issue. While some people grind and clench during the day, especially in stressful scenarios, it’s far less common.

What Are the Effects of Teeth Grinding?

Grinding doesn’t always need treatment. If it’s sporadic and mild, it may not lead to damage. However, persistent bruxism can lead to unfortunate side effects, including headaches, jaw issues, and damage to the teeth. If you’re experiencing this, it’s best to address it early.

How Do I Know If I Grind?

The night time nature of bruxism can make it hard whether or not it’s actually the cause of your problems. When you see us for your regular visit, we will examine your teeth for any signs of grinding, among other issues. Things like chips in the enamel or other wear on the surface of your teeth are indicators of tooth grinding. Additionally, there are a number of other signs including increased tooth sensitivity, locked jaw, tender or tired jaw muscles, headache, and sleep trouble.

Treating Bruxism at Dental Solutions of Avon/Indy

So you’ve identified the fact that you’re clenching and grinding your teeth. Now it’s time to do something about it. With our help here at Dental Solutions of Avon/Indy, you’ll be able to treat the issue and start sleeping safely and soundly. Give us a call today to set up a consultation with our team.

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