Are you doing enough to keep your teeth and gums safe from the oral health risks associated with bruxism? Because bruxism is a condition in which you unconsciously grind and gnash your teeth, it can often be difficult to detect because it takes place without you being aware of it. Typically, bruxism is recognized by the damage associated with it.
Several visual indicators often appear when bruxism is present. One common feature associated with bruxism is worn tooth enamel. Because your tooth enamel is the thin outer layer of your teeth that protects their inner workings from damage, any problem with your oral health that damages or wears down your enamel can put the health of a tooth at risk. Furthermore, if your teeth appear worn or flat, or if you notice any strange markings on your tongue or cheek tissues, you may be dealing with bruxism.
A general feeling of soreness within your jaw when you wake up could be an indication of dental damage occurring while you sleep. If you often have a dull headache or earache when you wake up, or cannot fully open or close your mouth, you may have a problem with bruxism. If any of these indicators are present, you will need to visit your dentist to be fitted for a night guard.
If there is anything more you wish to know about bruxism, contact our dental office in The Woodlands, Texas. Furthermore, you are welcome to schedule an appointment at Sterling Ridge Dental Center by calling us at 281-363-3308. Dr. Kevin Scott looks forward to taking your smile and your oral health care to the next level with treatments for bruxism and beyond.