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What are the signs of teeth grinding at night?

Dental bruxism - or teeth grinding/clenching - affects anywhere from 50-95% of people and many do not know they do so, until the dentist tells them of it!

So, here are some signs to look out for:

  • Your spouse tells you that you grind your teeth! No, they may not be dental professionals, but they may be able to hear you grind your teeth while you're sleeping - so don't be afraid to ask them (especially if they forget to tell you these things).

  • Your teeth are ground down or worn.

  • You get frequent headaches.

  • You experience facial pain.

  • There is tori development (hard bony protrusion out of the lower jaw).

  • You have sensitive teeth.

  • Tight facial and jaw muscles.

  • You have damaged teeth.

You don't necessarily have to have all the signs - and some people actually go symptom-free! However, if you are warned in the early stages, it's a good idea to invest in a night guard - before all the teeth wear away. A night guard is a plastic dental appliance, made specially to fit the patient's lower teeth. It acts to protect your teeth from night damage and our ALFIE Dentistry night guards also allows a proper seating of your teeth so that it's at its optimal position, the most relaxed state.

If you suspect that you grind your teeth or clench your jaw (ahem - or your spouse says so!), schedule yourself in for a specific examination to see if you are a good candidate to get a night guard. Our office phone number is (416) 226-6688.


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