Dental Services that Can Address Bruxism
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The common signs of nighttime teeth grinding include waking up with a headache or sore jaw, noticing your teeth are worn down, and having trouble sleeping continuously. Your partner or family may also notice that you make a grinding noise while sleeping.
The most conclusive way to check for bruxism is through a dental examination. If you’re concerned that you may be grinding your teeth at night, please schedule an appointment with us. We can assess your teeth and mouth for signs of this habit.
When bruxism is not managed, it may lead to the following complications:
- Wearing down of your teeth
- Damaged and receding gums
- Temporomandibular joint (jaw joint) pain
- Headaches and jaw muscle pain
- Tooth sensitivity
- Tooth loss
Here are some helpful ways to manage or reduce your bruxism:
- Visit a qualified dentist for professional help.
- Wear a custom-made night guard.
- Try to identify what is causing your bruxism.
- Reduce stress and try to relax.
- Avoid smoking, caffeinated drinks or teeth grinding triggers.
- Do jaw exercises to relax the muscles around the jaw.
- Continue to practise good dental hygiene, such as brushing twice a day and flossing daily.
You should watch out for the signs and symptoms of bruxism, which include:
- A constant, dull headache or sore jaw
- Teeth that are sensitive to hot and cold temperatures
- Worn down, chipped or flattened teeth
- Temporomandibular joint pain or clicking
- Disrupted or restless sleep