What Causes Teeth grinding?
The large number of people who suffer from teeth grinding headaches is not surprising when you consider all of the different causes of bruxism. For example, stress and anxiety may cause many people to grind their teeth. More often, however, an abnormal bite and/or missing or crooked teeth results in bruxism. Others find that sleep apnea contributes to their teeth grinding, while for others it’s their Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder to blame. Finally, some medications (such as some anti-depressants) list teeth grinding as a possible side effect.
Common Signs of Teeth Clenching and Grinding
No matter what causes you to clench or grind your teeth during sleep, you may experience any combination of these common signs and symptoms:
- Headache upon waking
- Tender points near jaw
- Migraines that respond poorly to other treatment
- Stiff neck in the morning
- Ear pain
- Sinus pressure
- Teeth sensitivity
- Chipped/cracked molars
Your partner may also hear your teeth grinding noises while your sleep. Of course, some of these symptoms may be due to other conditions like a sinus infection or other illnesses. If these have been ruled out, though, it may be time to consider a trip to talk to your dentist.