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How can I stop grinding my teeth when I’m asleep?
- By Toni Golen, MD, Contributor, and
- Hope Ricciotti, MD, Editor in Chief, Harvard Women's Health Watch
Ask the doctors
Q. My partner says it looks like I grind my teeth while I’m sleeping. How can I tell for sure, and what can I do about it?
A. Nighttime teeth-grinding is common, but it can be difficult to detect this unconscious habit because you’re, well, unconscious. If your sleep partner doesn’t happen to tell you about facial movements that look like you’re grinding your teeth, you might figure it out after you wake up with jaw pain, sore or sensitive teeth, neck pain, or a headache or earache.
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