Grinding Tooth

Grinding Tooth

Bruxism is clenching or grinding your teeth. Most people are not even aware that they are doing this. Some people grind their teeth only during sleep. This is called “nocturnal bruxism” or “sleep-related bruxism.” Others grind or clench their teeth during the daytime as well. This is thought to be related to stress or anxiety. 


You may be a bruxer if you experience any of the following:

Rhythmic contractions of the jaw muscles
A grinding sound at night, which may disturb the sleep of someone who shares a bedroom with you
A dull morning headache
Jaw muscles that are tight or painful – This can make it uncomfortable, even painful, to open your mouth wide, especially in the morning
Long-lasting pain in the face
Damaged teeth, broken dental fillings and injured gums
Painful jaw joint
Swelling (occasionally) on the side of your lower jaw caused by clenching. Chronic clenching exercises the jaw muscles. Like lifting weights, this makes the muscles grow larger.

If you experience any of these signs and symptoms, see your dentist. He or she can determine if you are a bruxer and how best to treat it.


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