A dull, constant headache or sore jaw could be a tell tale symptom that you grind your teeth.
Most people probably grind and clench their teeth from time to time (medically called bruxism). Occasional teeth grinding does not usually cause harm, but when teeth grinding occurs on a regular basis the teeth can be damaged and other oral health complications can arise.
Although teeth grinding can be caused by stress and anxiety, it often occurs during sleep and is more likely caused by an abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth
We can examine your mouth and jaw for signs of bruxism and recommend treatment which may include fitting you with a mouth guard to protect your mouth during sleep.
We can also recommend some things you can do which will alleviate your teeth grinding including:-
- cutting back on caffeine containing foods and drinks and alcohol – these tend to intensify tooth grinding
- avoid chewing gum
- if you are aware you are grinding or clenching your jaw during the day place your tongue on your upper right molars – hold for 5 seconds and then repeat on the other side of your mouth
If you suspect you may be grinding your teeth, give us a call 01786 231123