Do you or someone you know have an issue with teeth grinding? Did you know that you may actually grind your teeth but not be aware because it often occurs while you are sleeping? That's right. In fact, most people who have this issue are not even aware that they do it at all!
Occasional grinding of the teeth, called bruxism, is actually normal. It is typically harmless but if it is done often, there is a chance serious damage can be done to your teeth. Excessive grinding on a regular basis can significantly wear down your teeth and will need to be corrected with crowns, bridges, and even dentures.
Why Exactly Do We Grind Our Their Teeth?
Teeth grinding can be caused by a variety of different factors including stress and anxiety. More often than not though, it happens while you are asleep and the cause is usually from crooked teeth or an abnormal bite. In addition, those with sleep apnea often also tend to have this issue.
How Do I Know if I Grind My Teeth?
If you are wondering if you are grinding your teeth in your sleep, some indications are a dull but constant headache, and even possibly a sore jaw in the morning. Sometimes, people are not even aware they are doing it until they are told by family members that they can actually hear them grinding their teeth at night while sleeping.
What Can I Do?
If you think you may be having an issue with grinding your teeth, call Dr. Cervone or Dr. Mastrorocco so that they can take a look at your mouth and jaw for obvious signs of bruxism, such as jaw tenderness and excessive wear on your teeth.