According to the American Dental Association, symptoms of teeth grinding include fractured teeth, teeth that are lose or painful, jaw soreness and dull headaches. (This is also known as bruxism, a condition in which a person grinds, gnashes or clenches their teeth.)
Not sure if you are grinding your teeth? Time to find out.
Step One: Ask your dentist.
Many people are completely unaware that they grind their teeth, actually! Some do so at night, others do so while working out or when they are experiencing stress-inducing life events, etc.. Dental professionals will likely be able to tell you one way or another, as grinding your teeth tends to cause some wear and tear on your teeth, jaw and cheeks.
Step Two: Alleviate stress.
More relaxation is always a good thing. Plus, stress can really take its toll on your teeth, whether or not you are currently grinding yours.
Work out regularly, practice deep breathing exercises, chat with a loved one—do whatever you need to do to manage your stress levels.
Step Three: Remember to keep an eye out for this condition.
It can crop up at a later time. Be mindful and make a mental note to mention this condition to your loved ones, so that they can be on the lookout, too.
Get in touch with us, if you have any questions.