Dentistry Blog for Beginners: Bruxism

Do you have lockjaw, facial pain, or teeth that look overly worn? Are you experiencing any kind of pain or heightened sensitivity when you wake up in the morning? If so, you may be under the effects of an oral health condition known as bruxism. Bruxism occurs when you grind and clench your teeth while you sleep hard enough and consistent enough to wear away the tooth enamel and increase facial pain. If bruxism is present, the following signs and symptoms are often present as well:

– Are you experiencing any symptoms of worn tooth enamel or increased tooth sensitivity in the mornings?

– Earaches and headaches that often arise, especially when you wake up, could be attributed to bruxism.

– Be aware of any symptoms of teeth grinding or any other similar issues to grinding or clenching your teeth while you sleep.

– If your tongue appears abnormal and seems to feature indentations or various irregular marks, it may be an indication of bruxism.

– Exercise caution if you notice any signs of flattened, chip, or cracked teeth when you wake up.

– Look for signs of cheek tissue damage on the inner linings of your cheek. This includes indications that it has been chewed on through the night.

– Look for signs of bruxism through irregularities that you may feel when you wake up. This can include jaw or face pain, tired or tight jaw muscles, or any other aches or sores that are abnormal and not in line with your normal facial sensations.

We are pleased to offer night guards for our patients needing help with their bruxism. Please contact Foster Dental at 718-673-8060 to find out more. You can visit Dr. Anthony Foster and our team in Brooklyn, New York by scheduling an appointment at your earliest opportunity.

Author Anthony H. Foster, DMD

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