How do I know if I grind my teeth?

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How do I know if I grind my teeth?

Many patients show signs of tooth wear from clenching and grinding. These signs include: worn down teeth, damage to the cheeks and/or tongue, sensitive teeth, tired or painful jaw muscles, and headaches. Over time, this can lead to broken or chipped teeth, as well as a change in the appearance of your face. Your dental professional team is trained in recognizing these signs and providing you with the appropriate care. 

What if I grind my teeth at night?

Many patients who grind their teeth in their sleep are at a higher risk for other sleep-related disorders, such as sleep apnea. Your dentist is trained in recognizing the risk factors associated with this, and may suggest that you have a sleep study performed with a doctor to evaluate this possibility. If you do not show signs of sleep-related disorders or have previously had a sleep study with normal results, your dentist can make you an occlusal guard, sometimes called a nightguard. 

What if I grind my teeth during the day?

If you grind your teeth during the day, the first step of treatment is habit modification. You should be mindful throughout the day to not clench or grind. Some people find that post-it notes or reminders are helpful to remind them to keep their teeth apart throughout the day. If you still find yourself clenching or grinding throughout the day, your dentist may recommend using an occlusal guard during the day to protect your teeth. 


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