Is anxiety ruining your teeth? It could be. Here are 9 signs that you’re grinding your teeth at night, and how you can stop.
Grinding your teeth, officially referred to as “bruxism”, involves the involuntary gnashing, clenching, and grinding of the teeth. This can be a painful side effect of stress. Teeth grinding can contribute to serious dental issues such as broken teeth, sore teeth and jaw, strain or stress on the temporomandibular joint, wear on the teeth causing a need for fillings, pain or limited movement in the jaw, and cracked enamel.
Signs Of Teeth Grinding
Doctor’s suggest that those who suffer from nervousness, an undue amount of stress or frustration, anger issues, or aggressive behavior may be at risk to grind their teeth during sleep. Because bruxism happens during the night it is commonly considered a sleeping disorder. Common symptoms and signs that you are grinding your teeth at night include:
Jaw clenching throughout the day
Ringing in or fullness of the ears
Head and neck aches
Jaw or ear pain, especially when clenched
The sounds of tooth grinding during sleep
Tooth enamel that is unduly chipped or cracked
Loss of cheek tissue due to sleep-related biting or grinding
How To Stop Grinding Your Teeth At Night
When it comes to repairing damaged teeth due to night-time grinding, visit your dentist to repair any tooth loss or to get a filling if needed. Ask your dentist about a mouth guard you can wear as you sleep to further protect your teeth. While there are several things your dentist can do to help repair your teeth, the rest will be up to you. It is recommended to contact your doctor or therapist to deal with stress and learn techniques for relaxation. These will help you to break the habit of stress-induced teeth grinding.
Don’t let anxiety take its toll on your mouth; conquer the bad habit of grinding your teeth at night. Call Easton Dentist today and schedule an appointment to talk about teeth grinding and how we can help.