You might be a tooth grinder or jaw clencher and not even know it! Many people aren’t even aware they are grinding their teeth until a partner mentions it or they experience repetitive symptoms and accompanying pain that they can’t explain.
Teeth grinding occurs day and night
Most people are unaware they grind or clench their jaw at night because they are sleeping. Typically night grinders have some symptoms when they wake up. Alternatively, if you grind or clench your teeth during the day you may not notice symptoms until later in the day.
Symptoms of teeth grinding
If you experience any of the following symptoms you may be clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth:
- Chipped or loose teeth
- Sore jaw, mouth or neck
- Aching teeth
- Sore jaw while you eat
- Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold food and drinks
If you experience some of these symptoms or have a partner mention you are keeping them awake at night with weird sounds you may be a grinder. Luckily, Penrith dentists can see the signs of teeth grinding on your teeth (also called bruxism).
Problems caused by tooth grinding
Teeth grinding, and clenching, place a lot of pressure on your mouth potentially chipping or fracturing teeth and filings. You may also notice your teeth are more sensitive to hot and cold.
Get help with teeth grinding
You don’t have to suffer pain, soreness or sensitivity – help for teeth grinding and clenching is available! If you think you may be grinding or clenching your teeth, schedule an appointment to talk to a dentist about your symptoms. Your local Penrith dentist, Tindale Dental Centre will provide possible bruxism treatments including exercises to relax your jaw muscles, a mouthguard to sleep or fix any damaged teeth.