Have you ever asked yourself what you can do to prevent bruxism? Bruxism, also called teeth grinding, is a fairly common disorder, often existing as a sleep disorder, that happens unconsciously and causes your teeth to grind together. If you wish to combat bruxism, it’s important to find the tricky signs and symptoms indicating if and when it is occurring.
Bruxism is most often found or noticed by others, including sleep partners or roommates, who can easily notice and detect any loud teeth grinding noises that you may be producing as you sleep. Another traditional early warning sign of bruxism is with the teeth themselves, as they can appear flat or worn, or even show signs of chipping and cracking that may be otherwise unexplainable.
Another normal warning sign of bruxism is an enhanced sensitivity with your teeth, which is often strongest after you wake up. You may also notice an increase in jaw discomfort or soreness. Damaged cheek tissue, a locked jaw, and pain much like earaches are also usual signs. Bruxism is frequently linked to TMJ disorders and sleep apnea.
If you would like to speak with Dr. Neil Dhillon and our team about bruxism, please schedule an appointment at our dentist office of Complete Care Dental in Woodlyn, Pennsylvania, by calling 610.833.1919. We will do our best to help you in any way we can.