Is your oral health suffering from bruxism? Bruxism is a standard disorder with your smile caused by the unconscious grinding of your teeth together, which may include clenching your jaw. This disorder often leads to weakened or sensitive teeth and should be treated as soon as it is found. However, spotting signs of bruxism is often half the battle.
Bruxism is typically found or noticed by others, including sleep partners or roommates, who can easily notice and detect any loud teeth grinding noises that you may be producing as you sleep. Another typical early warning sign of bruxism is with the teeth themselves, as they can appear flat or worn, or even show signs of chipping and cracking that may be otherwise unexplainable.
Another common warning sign of bruxism is a heightened sensitivity with your teeth, which is often strongest after you wake up. You may also notice an increase in jaw aching or soreness. Damaged cheek tissue, a locked jaw, and pain much like earaches are also typical signs. Bruxism is sometimes linked to TMJ disorders and sleep apnea.
If you would like to learn more about bruxism or to book a professional exam with Union Street Dental Care, contact us at our dentist office in San Francisco, California. Our number is 415-922-3886. Dr. Stanley Dintcho and our entire team look forward to your visit.