Going against the grind – when to ask Dr. G about a mouthguard

The “daily grind” can have a completely different meaning when referring to grinding your teeth while you sleep. The medical term for grinding your teeth in your sleep is, “Bruxism,” and it can manifest itself as a  short term or lifelong habit. But when does it become more than a nuissance? If you experience any of the following symptoms, or other symptoms that you feel might be related to your daily grind, then ask Dr. G about it at your next cleaning. He can perform a quick assessment to see if a nightguard might be beneficial for you.

Indications that grinding your teeth at night has become a grind…

  1. Headaches – do you experience headaches when you wake up? Ask a loved one if they’ve noticed you grinding your teeth in your sleep. Dr. G can also look for changes in your dental scans that could indicate the wear-and-tear that is a result from grinding.
  2. A chip off the old block…chipping a tooth from grinding your teeth will require a trip to see Dr. G to fix the chip
  3. The muscles around your jaw become inflamed – a primary symptom for TMJD, or Temporomandibular joint disorder
  4. Antidepressants that contain paroxetine can lead to bruxism – if you take an antidepressant and have been grinding your teeth, ask Dr. G about a nightguard to prevent the symptoms above

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