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Teeth Damage at Night


Whether it is an involuntary action or simply a bad habit, grinding your teeth can lead to an unbalanced bite and worn teeth. Day to day stress and worry leads many people to damaging their teeth every night without even realising, as they clench their jaws and grind their teeth.

How do I know if I’m grinding my teeth?

Most people who grind their teeth aren’t even aware that they are doing it and are often confused by what they think are unrelated symptoms. Whilst around 80% of teeth grinding happens during the night, the resulting side effects are present during the day.

These can include:

  • Broken fillings and teeth
  • Aching jaws
  • Headaches (particularly in the morning)
  • Increased teeth sensitivity
  • Neck pain
  • Pain behind the eyes or in and around the sinus area
  • Difficulty opening the mouth, pain when speaking or eating
  • Poor sleep quality

How does it affect my teeth?

The technical term for this condition is Bruxism, and it can have a negative impact on your oral and overall health, from damaging and wearing down teeth to increasing teeth sensitivity and causing pain in the jaw, face and head.

What should I do?

At The Essex Smile Centre we provide cutting-edge dental solutions to these night time problems. Our knowledgeable dentists are able to fully assess the health and function of your whole mouth and determine whether or not you’re bruxing your teeth at night.

Our experts can recommend anti-clenching devices that can be worn at night to protect your teeth and jaw. This will help to reduce side effects from the grinding to provide a restful, comfortable night’s sleep and reduce the chances of painful dental problems developing in the future.

If you would like to find out more, or to book a consultation, please get in touch today.

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