1. Do you wake up with a sore jaw?
2. Do you have a headache?
3. Do you have a clicking or popping sound in your jaw?
4. Do your teeth feel sensitive to hot or cold?
5. Do you have worn down teeth?
6. Do you have a chipped or cracked tooth?
7. Do you have pain in your face or temples?
8. Do you have difficulty opening or closing your mouth?
9. Do you have a stiff or sore neck?
10. Do you feel anxious or stressed?
If you answered yes to two or more of these questions, you may be grinding your teeth.
Here are some tips to help you stop grinding your teeth:
• Stress is a common trigger for teeth grinding, so it is important to find ways to manage your stress levels.
• Get enough sleep. When you are tired, you are more likely to grind your teeth.
• Avoid caffeine and alcohol. Caffeine and alcohol can both trigger teeth grinding.
• Wear a mouth guard/night guard. A mouth guard is a custom-fitted device that is worn over your teeth at night. It can help to protect your teeth from the wear and tear caused by grinding.
• Come see us at our dental office. We will look for signs that may determine what is causing these symptoms.