Teeth grinding, or bruxism, is a common occurrence, and normally happens during sleep, leaving those suffering from teeth grinding completely unaware of the problem. When waking up, there are certain symptoms of bruxism, such as:
- Persistent ear aches
- Any pain in the lower jaw
- Pain and discomfort in the cheek region
- Any noticeable sleeping disorders
- An increased sensitivity to either hot or cold drinks and food.
Bruxism occurs when the human jaw naturally tries to compensate for an imperfect bite action, such as an overbite. Strong jaw clenching is an immediate symptom of bruxism, and can cause extreme pain and discomfort, whilst also damaging your teeth. Stress can also cause teeth grinding.
Bruxism, if left untreated, will cause your jaw to bite down harder and harder each time, effectively eroding the enamel on the surface of your teeth. Using a mouth guard is a temporary solution to excessive teeth grinding, as this will prevent the tooth-on-tooth pressure. Your dentist may also recommend that adjustments be made to your teeth to perfect the bite action of your mouth, eliminating the risk of bruxism altogether.