Bruxism is a condition where you grind your teeth. While it is possible to grind your teeth during the day, many people grind their teeth while they sleep.
Because they are asleep, they may not realize they are even doing it. There are also some people who can grind their teeth while they are awake without being aware of it. In either case there are some signs that you are struggling with bruxism.
Signs to Look For It is possible to look for signs that you suffer from bruxism yourself, but you can also enlist the help of a partner to find out if you are grinding your teeth while you sleep. Some of the signs that you can look for yourself include:
Damage to the teeth - This includes chipped or fractured teeth. You may also notice that your teeth are wearing down and getting smaller.
Worn teeth enamel - You may see deeper layers of the tooth exposed.
Tooth sensitivity - As the tooth and enamel wear down, they become more sensitive and painful.
Ear Ache - The grinding can impact the joint that connects the jaw to the skull near the ear. This can lead to an ear ache or tinnitus.
Muscle tightness and soreness - Grinding your teeth puts strain on your jaw muscles and they can become tight or sore.
What Untreated Bruxism Means
There are plenty of ways to treat bruxism. The simplest is to use a mouthguard when you sleep. Unfortunately, many people ignore the signs of bruxism and do not start to try to treat it until it is too late. The longer it is left untreated, the worse the problems can become.
Exposing the tooth enamel puts the tooth at risk for disease and decay. It is possible to wear the teeth down to a nub through bruxism. For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.
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