Adults who suffer from bruxism are at risk of suffering from a wide range of oral health issues as time goes on. Our Toluca Lake dentists want to help people recognize the signs of bruxism in their own lives, so that they can seek treatment in a timely manner. Remember, the sooner that you start treating bruxism, the less likely you will be to suffer from long-term complications of this disorder.
As you may already know, bruxism refers to habitually grinding and clenching of the teeth. Patients who suffer from bruxism may exhibit grinding and clenching during the day, especially in times of stress. It is also very common, however, for people to grind or clench their teeth only at night, when they are asleep.
So how might you notice the symptoms of night time bruxism? Well, look out for…
· Sore teeth, especially in the back of your smile—if you are grinding your teeth at night, your teeth are put under an enormous amount of pressure. This pressure can make your teeth feel tender and sore upon waking.
· Jaw problems—bruxism also strains your temporomandibular joint. If you are noticing an increase in jaw pain or jaw popping, and/or if your jaw seems out of whack every morning, bruxism may be the cause.
· Headaches—it is very common for bruxism sufferers to suffer from headaches, especially in the morning and before bed.
· Dental damage—over time bruxism weakens dental enamel, and leaves your teeth prone to damage. If you are dealing with cracks and chips in your enamel, bruxism may be putting your oral health at risk.
Talk to your dental team if you start to notice any of these common signs and symptoms of bruxism. Our Toluca Lake dentists are happy to answer your questions about oral health threats, including bruxism. We can also provide you with useful information about preventive and restorative treatments for bruxism related issues. Give our team a call to get started!