What is bruxism and how does it affect you? Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, is the condition of repeatedly grinding and gnashing your teeth, often while unconscious. One of the most common types of bruxism, sleep bruxism, occurs while you are asleep and can easily go undiagnosed for long periods of time. If your teeth and jaw ever feel different or “off” when you wake up, look for these signs and symptoms of bruxism:
– Your teeth may be extra sensitive and too sore to touch or eat.
– Your tongue is indented and your cheek tissue shows signs of mutilation.
– Ask a sleep partner or roommate if you grind your teeth loudly while you sleep.
– You experience headaches and earaches.
– You experience jaw soreness and face tenderness when you wake up.
– Bruxism can result in other injuries such as TMJ disorders.
– Your teeth might look flat or dull from bruxism damage, or even chipped and cracked with no explanation of how the injury came to be.
If you would like to set up an appointment with Dr. Bruce Westover at our dental office in Cottonwood, Arizona, please call us at 928-634-5566. Our team at Dr. Bruce Westover looks forward to keeping your oral health in pristine condition.