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Signs You Struggle with Bruxism During the Night


Posted on 8/15/2018 by Dr. Franco
Signs You Struggle with Bruxism During the NightHave you ever found yourself tightening your jaw while going through a particularly stressful situation? Bruxism is a condition associated with grinding or clenching your teeth at night.

However, some people can experience bruxism while they're awake without realizing it. If you are waking up with unexplained headaches or earaches, or any other symptom that is unusual, you may be suffering from bruxism.

Bruxism can be treated by getting a mouth guard to help relax the jaw at night and prevent damage to your natural teeth or expensive dental work. However, if the condition is chronic, it can have other side effects such as headaches, jaw disorders, and other ailments, which can impact your quality of life.

What are the Symptoms of Bruxism?


If you suspect you may suffer from bruxism there are some symptoms you can look out for:

•  Jaw or neck pain,
•  Earaches that are unrelated to a condition in the ears,
•  Headaches located near the temples,
•  Pain while chewing,
•  Injuries to the inside of your cheek,
•  Chipped teeth or loose fillings,
•  Worn enamel,
•  Tooth pain or tooth sensitivity,
•  Grinding or clenching of the teeth that disrupt your or your partner's sleep,
•  Tired jaw muscles.

It is not clear what causes bruxism, but anxiety, personality, a family history of the condition, and other disorders can cause this disease. If you see signs that you struggle with bruxism during the night or notice you are clenching your jaw during the day, you need to let us know at your next regularly scheduled appointment, so we can recommend the best course of action.

Something as simple as using a mouth guard at night could be all that is needed to take care of your bruxism, but if the issue is not addressed it can develop into a more serious condition that can affect your overall health.
PEDRO F. FRANCO, DDS
HOWARD B. PRICE, DDS

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