Do you suffer from frequent headaches and jaw pain? Do you wake up with a dull headache and sore jaw? Do you grind your teeth at night? It could be bruxism or teeth grinding.
Why do people grind their teeth?
Teeth grinding often occurs during sleep, and it might be caused by an abnormal bite or missing teeth. Teeth grinding may also occur due to a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea, or due to stress and anxiety.
How do I know if I am grinding my teeth at night?
One of the main symptoms of bruxism is constantly waking up with a dull headache and sore jaw. One of the most common and noticeable symptoms of teeth grinding is tooth pain and tooth sensitivity.
What can I do to stop grinding my teeth?
Since different factors can cause bruxism, you would first need to determine what is triggering your teeth grinding at night. If it is caused by stress, you can try therapy and relaxation techniques. Talk to your doctor if your bruxism is caused by a sleeping disorder or abnormal bite. Ask your dentist about mouthguards. A mouthguard can protect your teeth from grinding during sleep.