Do you grind your teeth at night? If you are like most people with bruxism (the medical term used for teeth grinding), you might not even realize you are doing this. Below are three of the most common bruxism symptoms. If you are dealing with these issues, talk to your dentist.
1- Sleep Disturbances
Tooth grinding usually takes place primarily at night, which means it can cause a variety of sleep problems. Some people find it harder to stay asleep or to get good-quality sleep due to their bruxism. People who share a bed might also disturb their partner with the sound of their grinding.
2- Tooth and Jaw Pain
Grinding wears down the enamel on the surface of the teeth, which can lead to pain and sensitivity. Some patients only notice this pain when they wake up in the morning, but others deal with it throughout the day. This might include jaw or tooth tenderness, frequent toothaches, or sensitivity while eating, drinking and brushing teeth.
3- Changes in Tooth Appearance
People with bruxism might notice their teeth actually wearing down due to the grinding. If you notice your teeth appear shorter or if your upper teeth seem to have a flat, even appearance, you might have this problem.
Your Dentist Can Help
Tooth grinding is a common problem with a simple solution. Your dentist can create a customized nightguard to protect your teeth while you sleep. These devices are relatively inexpensive and very effective. Dental insurance often covers them too. To learn more, call Smile Artisans at 832-220-6087.