Does your wife or partner complain, every morning, about your teeth grinding or teeth clenching keeping her awake? The very fact that your wife complained about it keeping her awake made you aware about your habit. It is always the person sleeping at the side of you who will be able to tell you.
This habit of grinding and clenching the teeth is known as bruxism.
Here, people with irregular or infrequent bruxism do no get affected as much. It does not really show the damage done to the jaws and teeth. It is those who are habitual grinders who get affected. In severe cases it can also damage one’s jaw or hearing.
The question arises as to how would one know if he or she grinds or clenches their teeth? If detected how bruxism can be treated? It has been studied that some people make a noise when grinding their teeth thus making it detectable while some do not make a single sound making it hard to detect.
There are two ways one can know if they have bruxism, first is when your partner complains about it and second is when after a night’s sleep you get up with an ache in your jaws or a slight, persistent headache. Whatever the case, a checkup by the dentist is pertinent.
Consequences of teeth grinding or clenching:
There are many outcomes to teeth grinding two of which are mentioned above:
- Severe toothache
- Sensitive to biting food
- Sensitive to hot or cold food
- In advanced cases the teeth can break or result in fractures
- Tooth loss
Precaution And Treatment
People visiting the dentist usually complain of severe toothache. To stop this toothache the very habit has to be put to an end. Otherwise there are other factors that could cause it and have to be contained:
- Lower stress and relax daily
- Reduce alcohol consumption and intake of caffeine
- If grinding becomes a problem at night ask your dentist to recommend a nightguard
- If your dentist says it is caused because of irregular bite, he would suggest teeth alignment.