If you grind your teeth, don't feel embarrassed. It is a very common problem. It is so common that the majority of the people who grind their teeth don't even know that they do it. But their spouse may know. It may be bugging them every night.
You may notice that you wake up with a headache, or your ear aches frequently when you have no infection. You could also experience facial pain or jaw pain. If any of this sounds like you may grind your teeth. Don't worry most people do it without realizing it.
So What Do I Do?
It is probably time to start paying attention to what you are doing. It will also help you to identify what it is that causes you to grind your teeth. Many times teeth grinding is due to stress.
Though it may not be possible to remove the stress you can change your response to it. So in your quest to stop grinding your teeth, it is time to begin to watch what you are doing.
Sometimes when you grind your teeth at night it is because of a sleep disorder. That's right, it may not be stress at all. If your airway gets blocked at night you have a sleep disorder.
You may not even be aware of it. Some signs you may have a sleep disorder are that you snore or that you awaken gasping for air. You may also experience dry mouth as a result of breathing through your mouth. But what does that have to do with grinding your teeth?
If you have a sleep disorder and your airway gets obstructed, making breathing difficult your teeth may grind to open the airway. It helps your breathing but does nothing for your teeth. If you think you have a sleep disorder or think you grind your teeth, contact our office. We can help.