Snoring is not the only “night noise” that your partner may be complaining about. If you grind, gnash or clench your teeth while sleeping, you may have a condition known as bruxism – and if not treated could cause tooth damage, headaches and even serious jaw disorders.
Mild grinding is fairly common but when it begins to wear tooth enamel, cause jaw soreness or fracture the teeth, it requires the attention of your dentist. Plus, just the grinding noise alone can cause you and your partner to experience a restless night of sleep. According to the Mayo Clinic, these symptoms could increase your risk of bruxism:
- Stress – Anger, anxiety and frustration can all contribute
- Age – More common in young children but can continue into adulthood
- Personality – Aggressive, competitive, or hyperactive people are candidates for bruxism
- Medications and Drugs – Certain antidepressants, tobacco, caffeine or recreational drugs are causes of bruxism
- Family – Bruxism tends to occur in families
- Other Disorders – Mental health and medical disorders like Parkinson’s disease, dementia, night terrors, sleep apnea and ADHD can all contribute
Get the Guard
Perhaps the most common method for reducing the grinding associated with bruxism is by getting a custom-fitted mouthguard from your dentist. You can also find mouthguards that can be molded at home. There are several options on the market, but SleepScore recommends choosing one that has been evaluated and tried by sleep experts. Check out these great options that work for many people who experience bruxism that will keep you and your partner happy!