I have these symptoms, but I don’t think I’m a night grinder.
Many patients deny they grind at night, even after they are diagnosed. Here are some of the common objections we get from patients whom we diagnose with night grinding.
“I know I don’t grind because I snore with my mouth open all night.”
Just because you snore for most of the night doesn’t mean you aren’t grinding at another point. Even if you are only grinding your teeth 5 minutes per night, it causes far too much stress for the teeth and jaw to endure for very long.
“My spouse says he/she never hears me grinding my teeth.”
Did you know that grinding your teeth doesn’t actually make a noise?
If you clench down fairly hard and grit your teeth while keeping them together, you won’t hear anything. Don’t actually do this – take our word for it!
This common misconception comes from children who grind their teeth. An 8-year-old’s permanent and baby teeth coming together at all different angles will often make a noise when he grinds them together. However, adult grinding is usually silent.