Many people suffering from bruxism (commonly known as teeth grinding) aren’t even aware of the habit. It’s a condition that some may shrug off, but if left untreated it can cause long-term oral health concerns. Don’t worry, we have you covered with the need-to-know information to help you identify bruxism and what you can do to start managing it.
Bruxism Symptoms - How do I tell if I grind my teeth?
With bruxism being primarily an involuntary habit and occurring when we sleep, determining whether we grind our teeth becomes a little bit harder. This habit places a lot of pressure on the teeth and jaw and if left untreated can lead to long-term oral health concerns. The symptoms that we should be looking out for include:
- Cracked tooth enamel
- Fractured, chipped, loose, or sensitive teeth
- Damage to dental fillings, crowns etc.
- A dull headache (usually after waking)
- Soreness of the Jaw joint and/or muscles
- Jaw clenching
- Aching and/or stiffness in the face and temples
- Inflammation and recession of gums
- A grinding sound when sleeping (you might’ve been kicked out of bed for this one!)
Are you experiencing any of these symptoms? Make a note of all of them and mention it to your dentist at your next appointment. While it may not necessarily be bruxism, it's better to be safe than sorry.
Teeth grinding is a tricky habit to beat but it is achievable. Read Bruxism Part Three to find out how you can manage teeth grinding and work toward beating the habit.
If you are concerned you grind your teeth, contact your nearest Maven Dental practice