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How To Tell if You Clench Your Teeth


Posted on 1/10/2020 by Scott Redlinger
How To Tell if You Clench Your TeethDo you wake up with a headache? Does it seem to happen a lot? If you have a lot of face pain and headaches, the culprit may not be your allergies or sinus problems. Instead, it could be stress that is causing the issues. If you clench your teeth, you may not only have pain, but you might have other issues as well.

Bruxism

People who clench or grind their teeth at night have bruxism. Bruxism means that when you are sleeping at night, you may constantly grind your teeth back and forth against each other.

You might also clench your teeth very tightly at night without realizing it. You may not think that clenching or grinding your teeth is no big deal, but it can cause a lot of problems. First, if you are clenching or grinding your teeth at night, you are wearing your teeth down. Over time, cracks can appear in your teeth. Your teeth can break as well under the pressure. You not only can wear your teeth out, but you can also damage any braces, expanders, retainers, bridges and other dental work.

Symptoms of Bruxism

One of the largest symptoms of bruxism is mouth pain. Over time, the bruxism can grind teeth down to the nerves, which causes pain. Not only do your teeth hurt, but your jaws may ache as well because your jaw joint and muscles will hurt. You may have a headache every morning when you wake up.

If you think you have bruxism, you shouldn't worry. We can help you stop clenching and grinding your teeth. You can be fitted with a nightguard that distributes the energy from your jaw across all of your jaw when you are clenching or grinding your teeth. This reduces the pain and damage from bruxism and eliminates your pain. Give us a call and let us help you with your bruxism.

Scott M. Redlinger, DMD, MD

(775) 430-5355