OUR IN-HOUSE DENTAL EXPERT, YASMIN CHEBBI, DMD, Is back to talk to us about teeth grinding
Do you ever wake up tired with a sore jaw? It could be nocturnal bruxism. Bruxism, or grinding, can be triggered by stress, anxiety, depression, caffeine, smoking, heavy alcohol use and sleep disorders. Grinding not only disturbs your sleep, it can also cause gum problems, jaw pain, and in worst case fractured teeth!
You might be grinding your teeth at night if:
- You wake up with headaches, pain in the shoulders, or soreness in the jaw
- You wake up tired
- Your bed partner notices you make grinding noises while you sleep
- You snore
Your dentist may be able to determine if you grind from many reasons including a jaw that clicks or “pops” and noticing areas of wear on the tops of your teeth.
If you think you are grinding your teeth at night, visit your dentist to ask about the best treatment option for you. You will sleep better, wake up refreshed, and save your teeth and jaw from damage!
Teeth Grinding Guide created by Schererville & Chesterton Family Dentistry