If you’ve been waking up exhausted, no matter how much sleep you get, it could be because the quality of rest is lacking. Many adults suffer from a condition called bruxism without even knowing it. Bruxism is nighttime and subconscious tooth grinding. Over time this can create a number of problems for your smile and more, including badly worn teeth, jaw and neck pain, frequent headaches, and a general sense of exhaustion. Thankfully there are ways your dentist can help! By treating the potential causes of bruxism, such as TMJ issues, your general dentist may be able to stop the bruxism, help protect your smile, not to mention improve your sleep, and who doesn’t want that?
How to Know If You Have a Problem
As mentioned, headaches are just one of the many symptoms that could be a clue you’re suffering from bruxism. Other frequent signs are severe wear along the edges of teeth, some may even seem flattened, chipped or loose. You could also experience tooth sensitivity, facial pain, soreness, or tightness in your jaw.
Alignment issues, one of the most common causes of jaw pain, could actually be a cause of the teeth grinding, as many patients struggle with bruxism because their jaws aren’t properly aligned while they sleep. One potential fix to this, is orthodontic treatment, which can help to better align both the teeth and jaw. However, in some cases a much simpler fix is effective, such as a nightguard, custom made to help the teeth rest more comfortably while a person sleeps.