Bruxism and Its Effect on Your Dental Health

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If you are under the effects of bruxism, how would you know? Bruxism is a sleeping disorder that often goes undetected, given the difficulty in spotting symptoms. Are you familiar with bruxism and the effect on your smile? The basics of bruxism include the following:

Knowing the signs and symptoms of bruxism can be difficult to spot due to the fact it happens unconsciously. However, signs and symptoms can be seen in your face if you know what to look for. Within your dental profile, inspect your teeth to see if they look flatter or more worn than usual. Since bruxism grinds your teeth, they can diminish in size and look smaller than usual.

Oftentimes, bruxism can cause loud sounds while you clench your teeth, so another key sign of bruxism can be discovered by asking a sleep partner or roommate if they ever hear you grinding or gnashing your teeth as you sleep. Bruxism may also develop signs including jaw pain when you wake up, cheek tissue damage on your inner cheeks, earaches, and pain in your ears, a locked jaw, or indentations or unusual markings on your tongue.

Depending on your levels of bruxism, our dentist at Corey I. Johnson D.D.S., P.C. can help you find which treatment will work best for you. Dr. Corey Johnson and our team would love to see you at our dentist office in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. To schedule an appointment, please call us at 970-945-9119. We will be glad to help you achieve the results you are looking for.