Are You Grinding You Sleep- Five Tell Tale Signs That You Are Grinding In Your Sleep

Grinding is one of the most damaging habits one can do over an extended period of time, so if you are not sure whether you are a grinder, come visit us at Geoffrey Deeb Dental so we can assess you oral health…

Grinding or ‘bruxism’ is something that many do not realise they are suffering from until it is pointed out by a partner, family member or if the grinding is so bad it actually wakens you from sleep. Grinding is the act of physically pushing your teeth against each other and applying pressure. In the long term this act is extremely damaging to your oral health and wellbeing. At Geoffrey Deeb Dental we can help patients who may believe they are suffering from grinding by giving them an oral health assessment. If you believe you are suffering from grinding consider the five tell-tale signs:

1# Worn teeth…

Your teeth are made up of three layers –enamel, dentine and tooth pulp. In the event of tooth grinding your teeth will rub against each other and this can cause the enamel to erode. This enamel is one of the strongest substances in the body and it takes a lot of force to cause them to erode. If your teeth are noticeably worn down you are more than likely a grinder at night and have been for a while.

2# Daytime fatigue…

Are you sleepy throughout the day? Those who suffer grinding will find that they do not get a decent night’s sleep. Many who grind in their sleep will find that they can suffer sleep apnoea which is obstructed sleep and will prevent them from completing sleep cycles. To get a good night’s sleep it is important to complete every stage of sleep (a cycle) in order for your body to ‘reboot’ and wake up feeling ‘well rested’.

3# Jaw pain…

Over activity such as grinding can put a stress on your jaw muscles and temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This stress can cause problems such as jaw pain, clicking, aching, jaw locking, difficulty eating and sensitivity. If you experience any pain in your jaw we urge you to seek attention before it develops into temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD).

4# Earaches…

The ears are closely located next to the TMJ so any overactivity in the joint will irritate the ear canals. Problems such as earaches, infections, clogging and itching can all be directly related to grinding.

5# Tooth sensitivity…

Similar to number 1#, if your teeth are being worn down the dentine inside your teeth will become exposed. Underneath the dentine is tooth pulp which is made up of nerve endings and blood vessels that keep your teeth healthy, in the event that the enamel is weakened it increases the sensitivity of your teeth.

At Geoffrey Deeb Dental our head dentist Dr Geoffrey Deeb can assess your oral health for signs of Bruxism…

Grinding can cause considerate damage to your oral health and wellbeing, it can take a very long time to remedy so it is extremely important to fix the problem before allowing your ears, teeth and jaw to suffer any further development problems in the future. At Geoffrey Deeb we are dedicated to the health and wellbeing of our patients and will dedicate ourselves to helping you in the event of tooth grinding. Our oral health assessments can help you determine the degree of your grinding and what preventive methods we can use to help in your time of need.

Would you like to find out if you are a bruxist (grinder)? You can call Geoffrey Deeb Dental today on 07 3397 1923 to book an appointment for an oral assessment.