About 10 percent of adults grind their teeth while they sleep, and 15 percent of children may have the same issue. Bruxism is a common issue, but it is also one that takes place while you are in bed asleep, potentially unaware that anything is going on. Take a look at just a few of the signs that you grind your teeth at night that can be easily missed.
You have soreness in your jaws when you wake.
When you grind your teeth repeatedly, you are working out your jaw muscles. Just as any other muscle in your body can get sore and fatigued, so can the muscles in your jaws. You may wake up in the morning with this soreness, but the issue commonly gets blamed on sleeping in an awkward position or talking too much the day before.
You suffer from frequent headaches.
Stress to the joints, muscles, and nerves in your jaws can lead to a headache when you wake up in the morning. Of course, headaches can be blamed on a lot of different problems, such as not getting enough sleep.
Your teeth feel loose at times.
Teeth can get loose and seem to tighten back in place at times due to fluctuations in things like inflammation levels, but this should never be an ongoing problem. People who frequently grind their teeth while asleep recognize some movement in their teeth on a regular basis.
You have a lot of dental pain.
You may have more sensitive teeth, sore gums, an ache that seems to stem from the root of your tooth. Dental pain is common when you grind your teeth, but since toothaches and oral pain can have so many causes, the issue is easy to miss.
Talk to Hilliard Dentist About Teeth Grinding
If you suspect you are grinding your teeth, it is a really good idea to get your dentist on board. The dentist can help you properly diagnose the problem, examine the effects on your smile, and help you get a mouthguard to wear at night to protect your teeth. Reach out to us at Fishinger Dental to discuss your concerns about Bruxism during an appointment.