Teeth Grinding, Gnashing and Clenching Can Damage Your Teeth

Do you clench your teeth during the day without realizing it? Has your partner told you that you grind your teeth during your sleep? Once you know you have a problem with grinding your teeth, it’s time to look into your treatment options.

What If I’m Grinding My Teeth and I Don’t Know?

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, places pressure on your teeth. If you are grinding your teeth at night, you may have one or more of the following signs or symptoms:

  • Teeth that are worn down.
  • Teeth with cracks or chips.
  • Loose adult teeth.
  • A sore jaw or sore facial muscles.
  • Aches around your ears or temples.
  • Jaw joint pain, or TMJ pain—including clicking or grinding when you open or close your mouth.
  • Increased tooth sensitivity or consistent pain.

Determining the Cause of Teeth Grinding

First, visit a qualified dentist if you have a problem with bruxism, even if you think you might be grinding your teeth at night. A dentist like Dr. Vaida Avery can diagnose your problem. Better yet, your dentist can help you determine why you are grinding, clenching, or gnashing your teeth.

To find out why you have bruxism, your dentist may ask questions about:

  • Your overall health.
  • Your oral health history.
  • The medications you are taking.
  • Your daily schedule and routine.
  • How well you sleep.

You may even grind your teeth due to issues with the TMJ—the temporomandibular joint.

Treating Bruxism

Nighttime teeth grinding is especially common among children. We can provide a nighttime mouth guard for your child to help prevent this. However, many patients grow out of the habit as they grow older.

If you discover that you are clenching your teeth during the day, we may recommend stress management or changes in behavior or habits. Together, we can find a way to help you save the health of your teeth.

Troubles With Teeth Grinding? Give Us a Call!

You don’t have to lose your teeth over a problem like teeth grinding. Let’s talk about how we can help you or your child overcome bruxism. Give us a call today to set up an appointment.