About Teeth Grinding

Bruxism is the medical term for grinding, gnashing or clenching your teeth. It often occurs at night, when sleeping, as a subconscious action. The cause of bruxism is not well-understood. Stress, anxiety, sleep disorders, an abnormal bite, or teeth that are missing or crooked are all possible causes.

Consequences of Bruxism

  • Disruption of sleep for partner
  • Damage to teeth
  • Facial muscle fatigue or soreness

Signs that you may have a problem with nighttime tooth grinding include:

  • Teeth grinding or clenching, which may be loud enough to wake your sleep partner
  • Teeth that are worn down, flattened or chipped
  • Worn tooth enamel, exposing the inside of your tooth
  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Tightness or fatigue in your jaw muscles
  • Dull morning headache
  • Tightness or soreness of facial muscles
  • Chewed tissue on the inside of your cheek

 

If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, then Rest Assured® Nite Protector may be able to help.

 

Important reminders:

  • If stress is causing your tooth grinding and jaw clenching, then you might need to find ways to relax and take a break from your day-to-day stressors. Exercise, relaxation techniques, and other approaches may help.
  • People with nighttime tooth grinding usually don't realize they have this habit. It's not until a sleep partner or dental professional notices the effects of this habit that it is brought to their attention. It's important to pay attention to any potential signs of tooth grinding (see above), seek regular dental care and possibly consult with a dentist or physician if you think you're experiencing tooth grinding issues.

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