Snoring is bad enough. When it’s accompanied by other issues (usually dental), it can be a double-pain for sufferers.
Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is not unusual when it’s an occasional event. But according to professionals, chronic over-grinding, including at night – when we’re not aware we’re dong it – can wear teeth down and lead to tooth loss. That means implants, partials or for really serious issues, full dentures.
Unfortunately, teeth grinding can be related to stress, which snoring naturally produces in reaction to the body attempting to get more oxygen. This means if you snore, you may be at risk for overgrinding during sleep.
This App Claims to Know When You’re Grinding
We can’t vouch for this app as we haven’t personally tried it. However, it’s certainly receiving stellar reviews from Google Apps. And in the interest of keeping our readership informed, we’re passing along what we’ve learned so far.
The app is called “Do I Snore or Grind?” and records your night sounds, including snoring and the more possibly sensitive teeth-grinding.
Though some teeth-grinding may be silent, if you have a serious issue, the app should pick it up, the creators say.
Of 853 reviews, the product so far has received an average of 4.1 out of 5 stars.
- “Easy to use.” – Eric Zimmerman
- “Gives percentage of snore time and sound files.” – Veronica LiBeth
- “Brilliant. Slick interface, no annoying adds. Just works.” – Mark Tomlinson.
- “Filter out the grinding in the settings as it picks up bed noises.” – Mike Evans
- “(the app) couldn’t tell the difference between snoring and breathing.” – Aaron P.
- “(the app) takes (up) a lot of memory.” – Steve Noakes
At the time of this article’s publication, the app is free at play.google.com.
How Teeth Grinding Can Ultimately Hurt You
Experts say occasionally clenching the jaw and/or grinding the teeth isn’t unusual. It often happens when awake during times of stress, but also can happen at night habitually or due to some physical issue, such as an improper bite or jaw alignment, or chronic illness.
According to webmd.com, four things may happen when overgrinding has occurred over time:
- Fracturing (breaking) of the teeth
- Loosening of teeth in the sockets
- Tooth loss
- The need for reparative measures such as root canal, fillings/sealings, dental implants, partials or dentures
How Can Teeth Grinding Be Prevented?
Your dentist can fit you with a mouth guard, or you can purchase one online. Make sure you purchase a mouth guard that will form to your own mouth’s structure.
Chin straps can also help, as these keep the jaw aligned in place with a degree of comfortable compression. If teeth grinding is partially due to an incorrect bite, jaw alignment may help. So too may the gentle pressure, which will subconsciously measure in the brain as safety and security for many wearers.
Your dentist can tell you whether she sees signs of teeth grinding, which may include wear, decay due to an uneven surface and greater ease of bacteria infiltrating, a misaligned jaw, or symptoms such as TMJ (“sliding hinge”) disorder.