How to know ‘Bruxism’

Confirm that You Have Bruxism

1. Understand bruxism. Bruxism is a condition where a person grinds, gnashes, or clenches his teeth unconsciously. Sleep bruxism is the condition of doing this at night. It is often related to daily stress. Some people do grind or clench their teeth during the day, but often times bruxism occurs at night when the person is asleep. Because of this, it can often be difficult to self-diagnose bruxism.

2. Check for symptoms when you first wake up. Teeth grinding occurs at night, so you should check in the morning to see if you have any symptoms. It can be difficult to figure out that you grind your teeth on your own, but here are some signs that may indicate that you do grind your teeth at night:
      A dull, constant headache
      A sore jaw
      Audible teeth grinding sounds as you’re falling asleep
      Tooth sensitivity to heat, cold or brushing
      Inflammation of the gums (gingivitis)
      Wounds on the inside of the cheeks (from biting)

3. Ask a loved one. If you sleep in the same bed as a loved one, simply ask him or her if he has ever heard you grinding your teeth in your sleep. Ask him to wake up earlier than you or go to bed later than you and to look out for any signs of teeth grinding. If this person wakes up in the middle of the night, he should also look out for those symptoms.
      If you sleep on your own but really want to confirm that you’re grinding your teeth along with checking for the symptoms, then you can consider recording yourself while you sleep and listening for any grinding sounds.

4.Ask a dentist. If you suspect that you have been grinding your teeth, consult your dentist. He or she will be able to examine your mouth and jaw for signs of bruxism like jaw tenderness or worn-down teeth. Once you find out that you have bruxism, there are some home remedies that you can try as well as some professional treatments, that can help treat your condition. The dentist will also check to make sure that you are not suffering from some other ailments that cause similar pain such as:
      Dental disorders
      Ear disorders or infections
      TMJ or TMD (Temporomandibular disorders)
      A side-effect of a medication

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