How Do I Know I Have Bruxism?

Bruxism is a condition that can affect you when you’re awake or asleep. In both cases, it involves grinding, gnashing, or clenching your teeth. When you’re awake, you may find yourself clenching your teeth without realising it. When you’re asleep, it might escalate to clenching, grinding, and gnashing. A common way people find out they have bruxism is by visiting their dentist.

If you are not due for your twice-yearly check-up, or you believe you might have bruxism, and you’re not quite sure, then we have included some helpful information below.

Symptoms of Bruxism

Sometimes during a dental check-up, your dentist can pick up on warning signs of bruxism. They might notice ridges on the inside of your cheeks, worn tooth enamel, or even teeth cracks and chips. Sometimes, teeth are flatter than they should be as well.

If you wake up in the morning or during the night with a tired, tight, or locked jaw, then that is a reasonably easy way to recognise bruxism. You may also notice that your face, neck, and jaw are sore, or you have painful or sensitive teeth.

If you are waking up grinding your teeth, or the sound is causing you to wake up, then you’ve caught yourself in the act! Otherwise, earache, dull headaches, sleep disruption and general pain around your jaw, teeth, and head, can also be a sign of bruxism.