How Can You Tell if Bruxism Happens While You Sleep?

Bruxism is the medical term for teeth grinding. It is not an uncommon problem. The problem is that many people grind their teeth in their sleep. How can you know if you suffer from bruxism if you are asleep while you do it? There are a couple of things to look for.

Jaw Pain
One telltale sign of nighttime bruxism is pain in the jaw, especially when you first wake up. You could also experience pain or tightness in the muscles in your face. A clicking sound when you open your jaw could also mean that you grind your teeth.
Flat Teeth
Look at your teeth in the mirror. Are they flat and level? Grinding your teeth will wear them down over time. If the tops of your teeth are level and look worn down, that could be a sign of bruxism. Broken or loose teeth could be a sign as well.
Stress can be a major factor when it comes to bruxism. If you find yourself clenching your jaw when you get upset about something, or if you have jaw pain when you experience more stress than normal, you could be grinding your teeth. If you can reduce your stress level, it could help
Ask your spouse if he or she ever hears any strange sounds while you sleep. Often teeth grinding sounds like either grinding or clicking.
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If you are not sure if you grind your teeth, you can always come in to see us. We know what to look for, and we should be able to tell you very quickly whether or not your teeth show signs of bruxism. Once we know what is going on, we will find the best way to treat you. You do not want to grind your teeth, and there are different ways to treat bruxism.