There are many people who grind their teeth. Teeth grinding can occur at any time of the day or night. Many people grind their teeth while they are awake, but there are also plenty of people who grind their teeth while they sleep.
While it is dangerous to grind your teeth at any time, the problem with grinding your teeth while you sleep is you may not know it happens. These are some of the symptoms to watch out for that could signal a problem with grinding the teeth while you sleep.
What to Look For
It is not easy for a person to know that they are grinding their teeth while they sleep. Because of that, one of the best ways to find out about it is through someone else that is nearby while you sleep. It is possible that someone else will hear you when you grind your teeth while you sleep.
If you do not have someone to let you know that you grind your teeth while you sleep, you have to look for other signs. The biggest problem with this is many of the sings do not appear until there is damage. Grinding the teeth while you sleep can cause teeth to break, chip or crack. It can cause the teeth to become loose or it is possible to lose a tooth as a result of the grinding. The grinding of the teeth can also cause pain and discomfort in the teeth and jaw when you wake up. It can lead to problems with headaches and other similar health issues.
The Loss of Enamel
One of the most common things that happens when you grind your teeth is a loss of the enamel of the teeth. The enamel is the protective layer of the teeth. When the enamel is worn down, tooth decay can occur. This can lead to symptoms such as tooth sensitivity and cavities.
Grinding your teeth while you sleep can lead to serious health issues. It is a good idea to know what to look for and to visit yup for regular checkups to avoid the damage that teeth grinding can cause.
For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.