How do I know if I clench or grind my teeth?

Do you ever wake up with a stiff, sore jaw and/or headache?

Do you feel like your teeth are sensitive to cold drinks?

If you have any of these symptoms, you could be clenching or grinding your teeth! Most people aren’t aware of this habit, as it is generally done during sleep. Grinding your teeth can be very damaging. It contributes to breaking and chipping, can reduce sleep quality, and in severe cases it can damage the nerves in your teeth, resulting in a need for a root canal.

This condition is also called Bruxism. Studies indicate that people who clench or grind their teeth can experience up to 80 times the normal wear and tear each day than those who don’t.

If this sounds like you, make an appointment with your dentist to discuss your concerns! Your dentist may recommend a custom night guard for you. A night guard is an effective way to prevent damage to your teeth, jaw joints, and muscles.  Together, you and your dentist can decide what treatment will work best for you.