Bruxism awareness week 2017

Approximately 8-10% percent of the population clench or grind their teeth. Signs and symptoms of clenching and grinding, also called bruxism are:

  • Teeth grinding or clenching, which may be loud enough to wake up your sleep partner

  • Sleep disruption

  • Teeth that are flattened, fractured, chipped or loose

  • Worn tooth enamel, exposing deeper layers of your tooth

  • Increased tooth pain or sensitivity

  • Tired or tight jaw muscles, or a locked jaw that won’t open or close completely

  • Jaw, neck or face pain or soreness

  • Pain that feels like an earache, though it’s not a problem with your ear

  • Dull headache starting in the temples

  • Damage from chewing on the inside of your cheek

Many people grind their teeth in sleep but some of them grind their teeth in day time also. Many of them are not aware of their bruxism.  It is often a family members who sleep with you who are ones that will inform you about your bruxism as they are disturbed with the sound caused by your teeth grinding.

Treating Bruxism

It is important you see your dentist if you suffer from any of the different signs and symptoms of bruxism. We offer a free consultation to discuss available treatment for you as an individual at Hello Dental. This can range from a small comfortable mouth guard to wear at night or new technology such as the Cerezen ear plug which treats jaw pain and symptoms associated with teeth grinding and clenching. Call us today to make an appointment 01206 589777