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How do I find out if I grind my teeth?

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Because grinding often occurs during sleep, most people are unaware that they grind their teeth. However, a dull, constant headache or sore jaw when you wake up is a telltale symptom of bruxism. Many times people learn that they grind their teeth by a loved one who hears the grinding at night.

If you suspect you may be grinding your teeth, talk to your dentist. He or she can examine your mouth and jaw for signs of bruxism, such as jaw tenderness and excessive wear on your teeth.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Bruxism/Teeth Grinding."

MedlinePlus: "Bruxism."

American Sleep Association: "Bruxism."

 

 

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on March 10, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Bruxism/Teeth Grinding."

MedlinePlus: "Bruxism."

American Sleep Association: "Bruxism."

 

 

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on March 10, 2019

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