Oral Health Care 101: Bruxism

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Have you ever heard of bruxism? Bruxism refers to an oral health condition that arises when grind or clench your teeth while sleeping. This can include periods of gnashing, grinding, and clenching your teeth together, which occurs unconsciously or while you sleep. Due to the fact you are often unaware of bruxism, knowing you suffer from the ailment can be difficult to spot.

Speak with a spouse or roommate and ask them if they’ve ever noticed if you’ve been grinding your teeth at night or making loud noises. Furthermore, look for any damage that may be visible in and around your teeth. This includes damage to your inner mouth including your cheek tissues. If they look heavily bitten or worn, you may be grinding your teeth at night. In addition, indentations on your tongue and worn or flat teeth could also be indications of bruxism.

Other clues as to the presence of bruxism include the following:
– jaw or face pain
– tight muscles in your facial area
– headaches
– earaches
– a locked jaw
– tooth sensitivity when you wake up each morning

If you suffer from bruxism, treatments such as night guards can be used. If you would like to schedule your bruxism exam at Smile 32 or would like a comprehensive oral exam from Dr. Novan Nguyen and our team at our dentist office in Stockton, California, please give us a call at 209-952-9290. We look forward to making your smile shine soon!