Beware the dangers of bruxism. Bruxism is a common, yet often undetected sleep disorder created by grinding or gnashing your teeth while unconscious, and often done while asleep. Treating bruxism can be done fairly easily with night guards or bite plates, but the tough task is determining if you even suffer from it, to begin with.
If you are suffering from bruxism, speak with a roommate or sleep partner to determine if they have noticed any changes in your sleep patterns or have seen you grinding your teeth while you sleep. Upon waking, take note of any aches and pains you may feel, as many forms of bruxism are commonly associated with jaw and mouth soreness upon waking. This may also include an increase in tooth sensitivity.
Common oral ailments associated with bruxism include strange indentations on your tongue, and random bite or chew marks on the inner linings of your cheek tissue. Your teeth may also appear worn or flat and look like they are getting shorter. Random cracks and chips in your teeth are also commonly associated with bruxism.
No matter the needs you require from your teeth, our team at Regal Dentistry can help. Our experienced dental team can give you a comprehensive oral examination to determine which bruxism treatment is best for you. To schedule a visit to our dental office in Riverside, California, call us at 951-643-4405. Our dentists, Dr. Joel Manalese, Dr. Collin Tsai, and Dr. Ronald Wright look forward to helping you create a healthy smile!