Night Grinding – How to Identify & Treat

Teeth Grinding

Night Grinding – How to Identify & Treat

Grinding your teeth at night can cause a whole host of oral health problems – from jaw pain to crooked teeth. In this article, we are going to talk about some effective methods for reducing night-time teeth grinding.

How to Know if You’re a Night Grinder

It can be difficult to determine whether or not you grind your teeth at night. But waking up with a sore jaw or teeth is a tell-tale sign of night grinding. If you’re still not sure whether or not you’re a night grinder, your dentist should be able to tell by taking a quick look at your teeth. Over time grinding can cause the teeth the shift and even be filed down. Your dentist will be able to recognize any grinding patterns and offer solutions.

Grinding Solutions

There are several solutions that can help patients decrease their grinding patterns or at least decrease the impact of the grinding. Here are some grinding prevention options:

  • Mouthguard. Wearing a mouthguard when you sleep won’t necessarily help prevent you from grinding, but it will help decrease the wear and tear on your teeth. Your dentist can fit a mouthguard to your teeth so it’s as comfortable as possible.
  • Decrease Stress. Grinding is often caused by high levels of stress. Taking steps to decrease stress in your daily life can help stop night grinding.

Twin Cities Dental Clinic

Keeping up with your oral health is important and the best way to keep your teeth clean is with regular dental cleanings. At Smiles for Life, we make everything as easy as possible for you – from scheduling, to dental work, to insurance. We have two Minnesota dental clinics at which we see patients, one in Bloomington and one in Farmington. If you are looking for a dentist in either of those areas, don’t hesitate to reach out to us today to set up your appointment with Dr. Brooks and the team at Smiles for Life!

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