How do I find out if I’m grinding teeth?

If you wake up in the morning feeling a headache or jaw ache, you could suffer from Bruxism, better known as the unconscious act of squeezing or teeth grinding. We leave you a list with the symptoms so you can identify if you have this condition: 

Symptoms:

  • Mandibular pain
  • Contractions in the muscles of the jaw
  • Grinding sound at night
  • Earache
  • Occasional swelling in the lower jaw
  • Wear on teeth and / or tooth enamel

People who have bruxism tighten the lower teeth against the upper ones, and move them from back to front or vice versa, usually it is unconsciously and while they sleep. Bruxism does not always have symptoms, which is why many patients do not know that they suffer from it, until they visit the dentist and he detects it.

Some of the main causes are:

  • Stress
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Your diet
  • Sleeping habits

In some cases, chronic teeth grinding can result in a fracturing, loosening, or loss of teeth. Remember that each case is different, therefore, to treat it the ideal is to consult the dentist, who will surely advise the use of a dental guard to sleep, the function of the guard is to protect the teeth, reduce pain and prevent permanent damage to the jaw; however, it does not solve the problem. As stress is the most common cause of bruxism, it is recommended that you perform relaxation exercises, listen to relaxing music, read, go out for a walk.

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