Bruxism and How it Affects Your Oral Health

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If you are suffering from bruxism, there are often indications and visual clues that the condition exists. Bruxism is often referred to as teeth grinding, as it is an oral health condition in which you grind your teeth unconsciously, often while you sleep. Although bruxism is treatable, it is important to determine if you’re suffering from the condition, as it can easily go undetected for many years.

The first thing you want to do is inspect your teeth and gums every morning when you wake up. If you notice anything irregular or feel any excessive pain or tooth sensitivity, bruxism may be to blame. In addition, if you suffer from any of the following pains or aches, bruxism may be present:

• Headaches
• Jaw/face pain
• Earaches that do not originate in the ear

It is important to take note of any visual clues that may be present within your jaw to determine if bruxism is occurring while you sleep. This includes teeth that look worn down or flattened. In addition, if you have any chipped or cracked teeth, and are not sure where the damage came from, it may be happening while you sleep. Furthermore, if your enamel is worn down, if you have any intentions on your tongue, or if you have suffered cheek tissue damage that is similar to chewing on your gums on the inner linings of your mouth, bruxism may be present.

Treatments for bruxism includes night guards. To schedule an oral exam for a night guard at Dacula Family Dentistry, simply book an appointment at our dentist office in Dacula, Georgia, with Dr. Carey Norton and the rest of our team. We can be reached at 678-268-6249. Visit us today, and enjoy the season with a smile!