Teeth grinding at night is not good for your teeth, gums, jaws, ears, head, or neck. What are the tell-tale signs?
Are your canine teeth or "eye teeth" pointy or flat? They should be pointy... like dog's teeth. That's why they are called canines. If the edges are flat, you probably are grinding them.
Canine teeth have the important job of protecting your other teeth from bumping into each other when your jaw moves from left to right.
Look at the sides of your tongue. Teeth grinding at night, can cause indentions in the sides. Clenching teeth can also cause tongue indentions.
The inside of your cheeks could have a white horizontal line or look slightly irritated with tooth shaped indentions.
Teeth grinding can cause gums to recede and teeth to have abfractions near your gum line. Abfractions are grooves or notches in your teeth. You can feel them with your finger nail and see them when they get bigger. Some abfractions are sensitive to cold or touch.
The masseter muscles are the ones that flex when you clench your teeth.
Put your hands on the sides of your face just above your lower jaw line and feel these muscles, they pop out while clenching.
If you are clenching or grinding your teeth at night, these muscles get a major workout. They get bigger and can give your face a fuller, more square look.
Jaw muscles might feel sore or tired in the morning.
Headaches, neckaches, or ear aches are other signs of grinding and clenching.
The best way to know for sure is to have your dentist evaluate your symptoms.
It may be hard for you to see signs of teeth grinding because you don't look at your teeth often. But It's very easy for a dentist to identify damage from teeth grinding.
Wearing a teeth grinding guard will prevent further damage.
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