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Do you ever wake up with a headache or sore jaw muscles? Are your teeth chipped or worn out? You may be suffering from bruxism. Although this dental condition has nothing to do with cavities or tooth decay, it can still have a serious impact on your overall oral health. Here is what you need to know about bruxism, common symptoms, and how it is treated.
Bruxism is a condition in which you unconsciously grind or clench your teeth. Bruxism can damage your teeth, cause problems with your jaw joints, and lead to other oral health complications. Grinding or clenching your teeth can happen when you’re awake or asleep. While the general action is the same, awake and sleep bruxism are two different conditions.
You may suffer from sleep bruxism and be unaware of it until someone mentions it or until complications develop. Signs you may have bruxism include:
Talk to your dentist if you notice any of these signs and symptoms of bruxism. They can examine your teeth and jaw muscles, provide a diagnosis, and develop a treatment plan.
While the exact cause of bruxism is not known, it is thought to stem from a combination of physical, genetic, and psychological factors. The most contributing factors include:
If you suffer from sleep bruxism, your dentist will create a custom mouthguard that you can wear before bed. This will help reduce damage to your teeth, jaw joints, and muscles.
If your bruxism is caused by psychological issues, talk to your healthcare provider about options to reduce stress or anxiety. Avoiding or cutting back on alcohol, caffeine, and cigarettes can also help with bruxism.
Grinding or clenching your teeth can cause significant damage since you may not realize you’re doing it. If you wake up with unexplained headaches, jaw soreness, earaches, or dental pain, see a dentist. They will discuss your symptoms, examine your mouth, and create the best treatment plan for your needs.
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