Do you know how to spot the signs of bruxism? Bruxism is a common, yet often secretive sleep disorder characterized by grinding or gnashing your teeth while unconscious and often done while asleep. Treating bruxism can be done fairly easily with night guards or bite plates, but the difficult task is discovering if you even suffer from it to begin with.
If you are suffering from bruxism, your teeth and gums may already have begun showing signs. Oftentimes, bruxism can last for months or even years before it is ever treated, so catching the signs early can ensure your teeth are spared damage later. If you have a roommate or sleeping partner, speak with them to see if they have ever noticed or heard you grinding your teeth while asleep.
Common physical signs of bruxism can be found in and around your mouth. When you wake up, are you feeling any aches or pains, or does your jaw hurt? Are your teeth extra sensitive or sore to the touch? If so, you may be suffering from bruxism. Other common signs include flat teeth, worn down teeth, cheek tissue damage, abnormal indentations on your tongue, and random earaches and headaches.
If you would like to learn more about bruxism, book a professional examination with Land Park Dental, by contacting us at our dentist office in Sacramento, California. Our number is 916-421-2200. Dr. Narinder Mahal and our entire team look forward to your visit.