Do you know if you grind or clench your teeth? It is a very common condition but many people are unaware that they do it. Things like stress and anxiety smoking, heavy alcohol, caffeine, and sleep disorders can cause people to clench and grind, but it can also be happening during sleep. How can you tell if you’re grinding? Does your jaw hurt or have soreness in the morning? Do you frequently wake up with a headache? If you’re not sure, ask your dentist. They will look for signs like excessive tooth wear.
Chronic clenching and grinding can cause serious problems like worn or cracked teeth that need treatment. If you are grinding your teeth during sleep, a bite-splint, or night guard might be necessary. Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and make a custom fitting guard that will help protect your teeth from the stress of grinding.