Grinding your teeth, or bruxism, is something you may not even be aware of. If you suffer with headaches, jaw or ear pain, you may very well have this habit.
Your dentist will most probably suggest that you ask your partner if he/she hears you grinding in your sleep.
Over time, grinding your teeth can cause extensive damage and expense.
Giveaway signs of bruxism may be any of the following:-
Audible sounds whilst asleep
Headache, jaw or ear pain
Cracked, chipped, sensitive teeth
Chewed tissue on the inside of the cheeks
Teeth grinding may result in excessive wear on the teeth and even cracked or broken teeth.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should consult your dentist who will assess if damage has been caused and repair any teeth or fillings that have been affected. Your dentist will possibly recommend wearing a mouth splint, similar to a mouthguard. The splint is usually clear plastic, custom made to contour your teeth and it is worn at night to protect your teeth from being damaged.