Most people are unaware that they grind or clench their teeth while sleeping. Teeth grinding is also know by the medical term of Bruxism and studies have shown that up to 25% of all people grind or clench their teeth in one way or another.
The 3 main symptoms of teeth grinding are.
- Worn Teeth: You or your dentist might notice that you have flat spots or have cracked teeth.
- Audible Detection: Your sleep partner may hear your teeth grinding or clenching while sleeping
- Jaw Pain: Pain/soreness might be felt in the jaw muscles especially after waking up.
There can be other symptoms to help diagnose if you grind your teeth. If you are concerned we recommend visiting your dentist to get a professional recommendation. Typically the first treatment for teeth grinding will be a night guard that is worn while sleeping. There are a few different types of night guards available. Some of the materials work better than others depending on whether you are grinding or clenching. The harder materials tend to work better for teeth grinding, while the softer materials work better for teeth clenching. SportingSmiles makes a hard flexible that is designed for both.
If you suspect that you might have Bruxism you should schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. Once the teeth are worn away, there is no way for them to repair themselves.