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We’re all aware of the fact that some people grind teeth during sleep. But what everyone doesn’t know are the many different symptoms grinding teeth during sleep can cause.

Let’s take a look at some of the common issues caused by grinding teeth.

Damages your teeth and jaw

After years and years of clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth together during your sleep, you’ll face some serious tooth decay, sensitivity, and damage to your jaw joint. Considering we spend 1/3rd of our lives asleep, that’s a lot of time to spend grinding your teeth.

Causes a dull, constant headache

Due to clenching your jaw for such a prolonged amount of time, grinding your teeth can cause a lasting dull headache. In addition to the pain from the headache, this can cause you to abuse over-the-counter pain relievers.

Causes/Worsens TMJ

Temporomandibular Joint Disorders, or TMJ, is a serious problem that can either be caused or exacerbated by grinding teeth. The temporomandibular joint is a hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull, which makes it a very important part of your jaw function.

If you feel that you’re suffering from grinding teeth, please call us today at 208-286-2699 to schedule a consultation and see what can be done to treat your teeth grinding.