Signs You Clench Your Teeth In Your Sleep and What to Do About It
Posted on 3/25/2019 by Office
You may have heard stories about people who grind or clench their teeth when they are awake, and it is usually the stuff of comedies about nervous people. However, the majority of people who clench their teeth don't do it when they are awake, but when they are asleep.
Bruxism (teeth clenching or grinding) is a serious problem that can cause damage to your teeth and gums. Not sure if you have bruxism? Here are some signs you may have bruxism and if you have it, what you can do about it.
Signs You Have Bruxism
There are several signs you may have bruxism. You may wake up with a headache in the morning. You may also have jaw pain or tooth pain in the morning as well. Your face or neck may even ache. Some people with bruxism wake themselves up in the middle of the night because they are grinding their teeth, or their partners wake them up because the noise is so loud. A dentist may also notice that your teeth show signs of wear and tear, cracks, and even broken teeth, especially towards the back of your mouth.
Treatment for Bruxism
There are several ways to treat bruxism. A dentist can figure out the course of treatment for you. Many people wear an appliance when they sleep. These appliances are custom made by a dentist for your mouth, and they work to prevent you from clenching or grinding your teeth at night. In addition to appliances, dentists often can correct the problem by working on your bite itself. It may be that one of your back teeth is taller than the other, which might cause a problem.
A dentist may also suggest you find ways to relax before bed. Believe it or not, many people who have bruxism are under a tremendous amount of stress. If you need help figuring out causes for tooth pain, or you need some solutions to your bruxism issues, give us a call, and let us alleviate your mouth pain.
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