How to Prevent Teeth Grinding

Do you find that you’re grinding your teeth at night? This condition, called Bruxism, can be very painful.

Many people are unaware they are doing it, but if you wake up in the morning with jaw pain or headaches, you may be grinding your teeth during the night, a condition called bruxism.

Understanding Bruxism

In most instances, teeth grinding is a night time problem – if you have bruxism, you’re likely doing it while you’re asleep and might not realize it. Most likely, it will be your spouse or partner who will be the first one to notice.

It is still not known exactly why bruxism occurs in some people, but there are a number of theories behind it.

Knowing the signs

The most common sign is the actual grinding itself but this cannot always be picked up on. Other symptoms are:

Teeth wearing

Jaw muscle tenderness

Head muscle tenderness around the temple area

Jaw muscle swelling

Morning headaches

Tongue indentation

Pain or tenderness during muscle movement

Treating Bruxism

Talk to your dentist about night time teeth grinding to limit complications. Though bruxism can’t be cured, it can be treated to minimize the impact on your teeth, jaw, and surrounding muscles.

The primary treatment is to have a night time mouth guard made by your dentist, this is often the best method as it help prevent the grinding from taking place and prevent wearing of the teeth.