Teeth That Grind in the Night
You’re supposed to be sound asleep…so why are you clenching and crunching your teeth together? If you gnash and gnaw in your slumber, you have what’s called sleep bruxism.1
Grinding your teeth and clenching your jaws at night can wear down your teeth,1 causing serious damage, such as tooth fractures.2 Sleep bruxism also can harm the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) in your jaw.3
Not sure if you’re giving your teeth a rest or not? You may be grinding your teeth at night if you have:
Unexplained facial pain3
A sore jaw1
If you’re concerned about your teeth grinding, talk with your dentist. A nighttime mouth guard may help you prevent tooth damage and pain. Other advice to chew on: Stress may worsen teeth grinding, so try not to let it sink its jaws into you.2
1 “Medical Encyclopedia: Bruxism.” U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, February 22, 2010. www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001413.htm Accessed 2010.
2 “Bruxism (Teeth Grinding).” American Dental Association. www.ada.org/2604.aspx?currentTab=2 Accessed 2010.
3 “Medical Encyclopedia: TMJ Disorders.” U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, January 10, 2010. www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001227.htm Accessed 2010.
4 “Facial Pain (TMD/TMJ).” American Dental Association. http://www.ada.org/topics/tmd_tmj.asp2676.aspx?currentTab=2 Accessed 2010.