Bruxism, or teeth-grinding, is a condition where you grind, or clench your teeth. This typically occurs during sleep, but can happen “unconsciously” when you are awake. Bruxism is a sleep-related movement disorder and could be linked to snoring, and sleep apnea. Because teeth grinding most often occurs while we are unconscious, it may be difficult to identify.
– Teeth are chipped, loose or flatting
– Increase in sensitivity or tooth pain
– Tired or tight jaw muscles or locked jaw
– Jaw, neck, or face pain
– Earaches or headaches
– Chewing damage on the inside of your mouth
– Sleep disruption – snoring, apnea
– Coping Mechanism
– Age (more common in children)
– Personality (ie. agressive, competitive, or highstrung)
– Damage to teeth
– Severe face/jaw pain (TMJ)
If you notice any of these symptoms, contact a dentist. If you notice your child is grinding their teeth, bring it up at their next appointment.