How Bruxism Affects You
Bruxism is the involuntary, habitual grinding of teeth. If you have this condition, you may unconsciously clench your teeth during the day as well as grind or clench them at night. Individuals that excessively grind their teeth at night are likely to have other sleep disorders such as snoring or sleep apnea (pauses in breathing) as well. Proper treatment is critical to maintaining healthy teeth and your overall health.
Symptoms of Bruxism
Most people are not even aware that they are grinding or clenching their teeth. If you notice any of the symptoms mentioned below, you may be experiencing bruxism.
• Loud teeth grinding or clenching
• Fractured, chipped, flattened or loose teeth
• Worn tooth enamel
• Facial pain or soreness
• Jaw pain
• Tired or tight jaw muscles, or a locked jaw
• Increased tooth sensitivity
• An earache
• A dull headache that originating in the temples
• Indentations on your tongue
• Damage on the inside of your cheek from chewing
To learn more about bruxism, watch this video.
Wearing a dental mouth guard or mouth splint can help prevent further damage to your teeth as well as relieve the stress on your jaw. Schedule a dental checkup right away. Our dental appliances are custom made to ensure proper fit and comfort. We can also treat any dental problems caused by bruxism, such as erosion of the enamel or chipped teeth to help you maintain a healthy smile.