The American Dental Associations has come out and stated that cases of bruxism/teeth grinding has risen to over half the population of the United States in recent years. One can understand how this rise has happened with all the stress that people are feeling from the tough economic situations that they have to live through every day.
Of course, it is difficult to say that this amount is a reality as it is hard to tell if you do have a problem, especially when sleeping. There are a few things that you can do to check if you have a bruxism issue, though, and that is what will be discussed here.
The first thing you can do to see if you have bruxism is to find a willing partner to monitor your sleeping habits. This doesnt mean that your husband or wife needs to stay up all night, drinking coffee and watching you closely to see if you are grinding your teeth.
What it does mean is your partner should make notes on whether or not they notice you grinding your teeth while you are asleep. If your partner notices that you are starting to grind your teeth, then they can simply pay attention to how long you are grinding them, and how hard you seem to be grinding your teeth.
Another way to tell if you have bruxism is to go through the list of symptoms that are associated with this issue. One thing you will notice right off is a sore jaw when you first wake up in the morning. You might also notice that you have a headache when you first wake up, or that a couple of your teeth seem to be a bit sore.
There is also a good chance that your gums will be swollen somewhat if you were grinding your teeth exceptionally hard during the night. This is one of the only ways that you can tell if you have bruxism issues in case you do not have any one that can check on you while you are asleep at night. If you find that you do have bruxism, then you should contact your dentist, and they can point out different ways that you can ease the suffering.