Night Grinding

How To Prevent Teeth Grinding At Night

Do you wake up with a sore jaw some days? If you do, you may be like a lot of people who suffer from regular jaw clenching or teeth grinding while you sleep. The condition is known as bruxism, and although it’s not the easiest condition to treat, your dentist can likely help you find a solution to your night grinding.

Research shows that bruxism has its origins in the central nervous system, as neural responses cause you to tighten your jaw or clench your teeth while you’re fast asleep. The reason the condition develops is different for each person, but in most cases diet, stress, lifestyle choices and family history are determined to be an underlying cause of bruxism.

Signs of Teeth Grinding at Night

If you’re dealing with one or more of these symptoms, there’s a good chance that you grind your teeth at night:

  • Grinding or clenching your jaw loud enough to wake your partner.
  • Flattened, chipped or loose teeth.
  • Worn down tooth enamel.
  • Increased tooth sensitivity.
  • Jaw soreness or facial pain in the morning.
  • Headaches or ear pain upon waking.
  • Tired or tight jaw muscles.
  • Clicking or popping of the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) when chewing or talking.

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, reach out to your dentist. Unaddressed teeth grinding can lead to tooth problems and TMJ issues, all of which can be both painful and costly. The sooner you treat the problem, the quicker you can put this issue behind you.

Treating Teeth Grinding at Night

There are a number of different ways to treat the condition, and it helps to try and pinpoint what might be causing your issues. Here’s a look at some treatments based on the underlying cause.

  • Stress – If stress is contributing to teeth grinding, try to limit stressful activities at the end of the day, or find ways to reduce the amount of stress in your life.
  • Medication – Medication can also contribute to restfulness and teeth grinding at night. Talk to your doctor about adjusting your medication regimen.
  • Alcohol and Smoking – Certain lifestyle habits like smoking and drinking alcohol can lead to an increased likelihood of bruxism. Limit your tobacco and alcohol intake within a couple of hours before bed.
  • Family History – If genetics seem to play a role in teeth grinding, your dentist may recommend a night mouthguard to limit damage from grinding. This is also an option for other underlying causes of bruxism.

Other ways to try and limit teeth grinding at night is to cut back on caffeine, avoid chewing on objects like pens or fingernails during the day, and avoid chewing gum if you grind your teeth because that can make TMJ pain worse. For more tips on how to prevent and treat teeth grinding, reach out to Dr. Brooks’ office today.

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!