Grinding Teeth Doesn’t Just Cause Headaches It Causes Dental Problems Too!
Grinding your teeth at night or clenching your teeth during the day may be causing you to experience numerous headaches, but did you know it can cause you to experience a number of dental problems, too?
Discover what dental problems you could experience as a result of grinding your teeth or clenching your teeth, learn how you can tell if you are grinding your teeth, and find out how you can stop grinding or clenching your teeth.
Problems That Happen as a Result of Grinding or Clenching Your Teeth
People experience a number of problems as a result of clenching or grinding their teeth. Some of the problems you could experience include:
- Increased cavities as the pressure from grinding or clenching chips or breaks the tooth or wears it down
- Pain when eating
- Severe headaches
- Discomfort or pain that occurs near the jaw
- Cracked or fractured teeth
How to Tell if You are Grinding Your Teeth or Clenching Your Teeth
It is often difficult to know if you are grinding or clenching your teeth because it either happens at night when you are sleeping or it is such a natural thing for you to do that you don’t notice it. Luckily, there are several ways you can tell if you are grinding or clenching your teeth.
Some things that indicate you may be grinding or clenching your teeth at night or throughout the day include:
- Waking up in the morning with a slight headache or a sore jaw
- Hearing a popping or clicking sound that is coming from your jaw
- Excessive wear or erosion is noticed on your teeth during a dental exam
- Someone points out to you that you are clenching or grinding your teeth
How to Stop Grinding or Clenching Your Teeth
Discovering the cause of your teeth grinding or clenching is the first step in helping you to stop. Stress, improper bite or teeth alignment, certain medications, and smoking are just some of the causes of teeth grinding and clenching. Once you discover the cause of your teeth grinding/clenching you can take appropriate steps to stop.
While you are working on stopping your teeth grinding/clenching, you may want to consider wearing a nightguard. A nightguard will protect your teeth and keep them from chipping, breaking or eroding as a result of grinding or clenching.
Do you grind your teeth at night? Call Tumwater Family Dentistry today to schedule an appointment for a routine examination. Our dentist will make sure you aren’t suffering any problems as a result of your teeth grinding or clenching. We will also provide you with helpful tips on how to stop teeth grinding/clenching and even see if a nightguard is needed.
Call us today to schedule an appointment.