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30 Million Americans Are Bothered by Bruxism Symptoms

Bruxism symptoms: Grinding down teeth grinding symptoms.

Everybody does it: They grind their teeth during tense or stressful times. What most people don't realize is that when left unchecked, the simple -- often unconscious -- act of grinding, or teeth clenching, can result in a host of serious health issues.

Bruxism, the medical term for grinding, clenching teeth, is a common dental problem. According to Colgate World of Care, more than 30-million adults and children in the United States are bothered by at least one of the many bruxism symptoms. What makes this condition unusual is that it can cause a variety of health complaints many of which seem little connected to the involuntary act of grinding or clenching teeth.

Teeth Grinding Symptoms -- What to Look Out For

Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night with a sharp pain in your side? Is the pain caused by your partner elbowing you in the ribs in a vain attempt to silence your incredibly annoying habit of grinding your teeth in your sleep? If so, you probably have bruxism. All kidding aside, teeth grinding at night is recognized as one of the clearest bruxism symptoms. Sleep or nocturnal bruxism typically occurs in the early stages of sleep; it's often loud enough to bother anyone within hearing distance. If you have it and you share a bedroom with someone, chances are you're already keenly aware that your teeth grinding is a real problem.

Bruxism Symptoms Can Be a Real Headache and Much More

Unfortunately, many bruxism symptoms can be as subtle as they are troublesome. Do you regularly suffer from unexplained dull headaches? Is your jaw often sore in the morning? Are earaches a frequent problem? Have your teeth become unusually sensitive to cold or heat? These are just a few of the common overall health and mouth problems experienced by people with uncontrolled teeth grinding clenching.

Bruxism Symptoms Checklist:

Dental experts associated with the Mayo Clinic, the American Dental Association and other leading institutions dedicated to oral healthcare have developed a list of the most common bruxism symptoms.

  • Unconscious teeth clenching or grinding
  • Rhythmic contractions of the jaw muscles
  • Damaged, fractured or chipped teeth
  • Worn tooth enamel
  • Broken fillings
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Jaw pain or tightness in your jaw muscles
  • Inflamed jaw muscles
  • Headache
  • Earache
  • Chronic facial pain
  • Damaged or chewed tissue on the inside of your cheek
  • Tooth indentations on the tongue
  • Ringing in the ears

Recognizing Bruxism Symptoms in Children

Diagnosing childhood bruxism symptoms can be especially challenging if the child's communication skills are not yet well developed. Some telltale signs that your child may have a problem with grinding teeth include:

  • Audible grinding noises emitted when your child is sleeping
  • Daily complaints of a sore jaw or face in the morning
  • Thumb sucking
  • Fingernail biting
  • Gnawing on pencils and toys
  • Constant chewing of the inside of the cheek

Unfortunately, many of these teeth grinding symptoms are similar to those exhibited by a child who is teething. As a result, parents often don't realize their child have a problem with clenching teeth. Regular dental visits are the best way to keep abreast of any issues with your children's teeth.

Teeth Grinding Symptoms at Night Can Cause Problems All Day Long

If you are experiencing one or more bruxism symptoms, it is time to visit the dentist for a professional diagnosis. The good news is that unconscious teeth clenching is treatable and responds well to professional dental care.

If you need help finding a dentist near you who treats bruxism, call anytime at 1-866-970-0441.

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