When you sleep you might be grinding your teeth. This is not an insignificant matter and you ought to deal with it before it can damage your teeth and lead to problems which are difficult to sort out. Thankfully there are tried and tested solutions to the issue that your dentist will be able to implement in order to help you out.
Teeth grinding during sleep is known clinically as bruxism and it is common in adults in the United Kingdom. Because sufferers are asleep while they are doing it they may not actually be aware that they have bruxism. The only way that you can tell that you have bruxism is from the effects that you will experience when you are awake.
Ways to tell that you have bruxism is if you find that you have an aching jaw when you wake up in the morning. If your teeth are suddenly becoming more sensitive despite taking excellent care of them then that too could be a sign of bruxism. It might occur in people who have stress in their daily lives or if your teeth are misaligned.
Dentists can fit mouth guards to be worn during sleep in order to ensure that your teeth are not being damaged by bruxism. This will help stop enamel from being worn away and leading to greater chances of developing cavities. If it is determined that you are grinding your teeth because they are misaligned then your dentist might decide that you need to have your teeth straightened up, perhaps with a brace or a similar device. Keep your Central London dentist in the loop about the state of your teeth with regular visits to the surgery.