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How Alcohol, Caffeine, Smoking, and Drug Abuse Relate to Nighttime Teeth Grinding

When I, or someone on my team, ask if you drink coffee or alcohol, or smoke — there is an important reason.

The Journal of the American Dental Association has published findings on how alcohol, caffeine, tobacco, and drug abuse impact sleep bruxism (chronic grinding and clenching while you sleep).

(RELATED: Beating Bruxism: Best Ways to Treat Teeth Grinding)

The results showed there was, indeed, a connection between bruxism and alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco. However, there is currently no sufficient evidence to determine any connection between abused drugs and sleep bruxism.

The article went on to recommend that if patients are showing “signs and symptoms of sleep bruxism, a more detailed exploration of alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine should ensue.”

If you suspect you might grind your teeth in your sleep, contact Pasadena Pain Management for a consultation.


Because bruxism, or teeth grinding, generally happens unconsciously while you are asleep, it can be difficult to know whether or not you are suffering from the condition. Only a professional exam can determine what is going on inside your mouth.

(RELATED: Why Teeth Grinding Should Never Be Ignored)

Signs You Might Have Sleep Bruxism

Some of the more common signs and symptoms to watch out for include the following:

  • Teeth grinding that is loud enough to awaken your sleep partner
  • Damage from chewing on the inside of your cheek
  • Indentations on your tongue
  • A dull headache that seems to radiate from your temples
  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Walking up with a sore jaw or face pain
  • Pain that feels like an earache (although is actually unrelated to your ear)
  • Teeth showing signs of wear or that are chipped, fractured, or loose
  • Tooth enamel that is so worn you can see the deeper layers of your tooth

(RELATED: #1 Most Effective Method of Treatment Against Teeth Grinding)

Dental Solutions for Bruxism

Here are Pasadena Pain Management, using TruDenta technology, we offer thorough bruxism treatment that also provides fast, effective pain relief.

TruDenta treatments last about 50 minutes and include the use of several proven, FDA cleared technologies. Depending upon the severity of the diagnosis, patients require from one to twelve treatments completed weekly. In other words, a patient with the most severe diagnosis could achieve lasting relief from their symptoms in about three months.

To get a full detailed analysis of the TruDenta treatment plan, contact Pasadena Pain Management and request a FREE CONSULTATION.