You’re probably familiar with the stories of people grinding their teeth in their sleep, but do you ever wonder if you might be doing it too? Since it happens while you sleep you have no control over it and if you sleep alone you may have no way of finding out whether you do it or not. One way you can find out if this is happening to you is you may constantly wake up with a headache or a sore jaw. The other way to find out is to have your dentist check for signs of teeth grinding.
The medical term for teeth grinding is Bruxism and it can be a serious problem if it goes untreated. You may have heard that grinding your teeth down to stubs is only a myth, but it actually can happen in severe cases. What most people don’t know is that it can also cause damage to your hearing if it is left untreated.
Here is an interesting article that goes into a little more detail about teeth grinding and offers some suggestions about how to prevent and treat it. For instance, you might want to start with cutting back on alcohol and caffeine as they are both known for making the condition worse.
If you do suspect that you have a case of teeth grinding and fear that it may be severe, it would be a good idea to get to a dentist soon. For more information about Bruxism, read http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/teeth-grinding-bruxism