How Do I Know if I’m Grinding My Teeth at Night?

Teeth grinding, (medically referred to as bruxism), is a condition where a person grinds, clenches, or gnashes their teeth while they sleep. It is often a result of stress.

A really bad case of teeth grinding can lead to the loosening, fracturing, or even loss of teeth. It can also affect your jaw and lead to TMD / TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder). Bruxism is a serious condition and not something to be ignored.

Teeth Grinding

If you sleep with someone at night, chances are good that they have noticed that you grind your teeth. If not, bring your concerns to their attention and they can listen for it. If you sleep alone it can be harder to diagnose…so how can you know if you are grinding your teeth?

If you wake up with any of the following symptoms, there is a good chance that you may be grinding your teeth while you sleep:

  • Constant, dull headache
  • Sore jaw
  • Sensitivity while you are brushing your teeth
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Teeth grinding sounds as you are falling asleep
  • Gingivitis (inflamed gums)
  • Sores on the inside of the cheeks from biting

Your dentist will also be able to help diagnose this when they examine you. They will check for various signs of this happening, including worn down teeth. They will also be able to fit you for a mouth guard that you can wear at night while you sleep.

Your dentist will also be able to check if you are possibly suffering from another type of ailment that may be causing you pain or discomfort such as other dental disorders, TMJ, TMD, medication side effect, etc.

Whether you think you may be grinding your teeth, or definitely know that you are, you should book an appointment with your dentist. This will enable you to prevent future problems and get relief, as well as peace of mind.

Call us at Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry and book an appointment to check for signs of bruxism today!

Read more: How to Stop Grinding Teeth.