About 10% of adults grind their teeth at night. And in some people who grind moderately, this doesn’t cause any negative effects or symptoms. But severe, prolonged teeth grinding can contribute to a wide variety of dental health issues.
In this blog from St. Clair Tooth Co., we’ll discuss a few common signs that you may be grinding your teeth at night, and we’ll also discuss the dental issues that can be caused by uncontrolled teeth grinding.
Often, your sleeping partner may be the first to notice that you’re grinding your teeth at night, since grinding can be quite loud and disturb their sleep.
You may also wake up with a headache, or your teeth may feel sensitive and tender, particularly when you chew hard foods or consume hot and cold foods and drinks.
Other common signs of bruxism include teeth that look abnormally flat or worn down, tired or tight jaw muscles, headaches, and earaches. You may also suffer from low-quality sleep or have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep.
At St. Clair Tooth Co., Dr. Cassleman specializes in custom-fitted, comfortable night guards. Night guards are made of durable, flexible plastic and prevent the upper and lower teeth from contacting each other directly at night.
With a night guard, you can prevent premature tooth damage, reduce strain on your tooth ligaments, and eliminate stress on your jaw muscles and joints. So don’t wait. If you think you grind your teeth, get help right away. Contact us online or give St. Clair Tooth Co. a call at (586) 404-4911 to schedule an appointment.