Grinding your teeth can create a multitude of health problems. But if you’re suffering from bruxism (or nighttime teeth grinding), it might not be only you who’s affected.
Bruxism can be caused by many different triggers, from stress or anxiety to sleep disorders like sleep apnea. It can lead to damaged teeth, temporomandibular joint disorder (often known as TMJ or TMD), muscle pain, and headaches. It can also wreak havoc on your sleep — and your partner’s — not to mention your bank account and your job performance.
Here are three costly ways your teeth grinding can affect others.
Teeth grinding can be very noisy, disrupting sleep and creating frustration for anyone else who’s nearby. Even if you don’t realize that you’re grinding your teeth, your partner probably does. Those who are suffering from bruxism are also more likely to snore, which can lead to the same problems.
And as anyone who’s found themselves chronically short or sleep can attest, this can quickly create a cycle. Stress and anxiety about not sleeping can exacerbate bruxism and lead to more teeth grinding, keeping your household awake or restless all night long.
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When you grind your teeth, you’re also more likely to have damaged tooth enamel, to have chipped or cracked (or even lost) teeth, to experience tooth pain and sensitivity — and to see more expensive dental bills as a result.
The costs associated with the effects of suffering from bruxism can add up very quickly, and some dental insurance plans only cover basic preventative care. Major dental work, addressing TMD or chronic jaw pain, living with headaches, or other bruxism-related issues can cost your family budget a significant amount of money.
Losing sleep doesn’t just affect your home life. If you’re frequently not getting enough sleep (or, more importantly, enough quality, restful sleep) it can affect every facet of your life . . . starting with your job. Chronic tardiness and not being able to focus are two of the quickest ways regular sleep loss can show up in the workplace.
If you’re suffering from bruxism, headaches are most likely to occur early in the day, after a night of grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw. If you’re heading to work first thing in the morning, those headaches can get in the way of doing a good job and supporting your team.
If you think you or a family member may be suffering from bruxism, there are things you can do to help! A dental guard is often a great solution to keep you from grinding your teeth at night — and to promote good sleep for the whole house. Visit www.sleepright.com to learn more.