Did you know that you could be damaging your teeth at night while you sleep? This condition, referred to as bruxism, is the result of grinding your teeth as you sleep, which over time can seriously damage your jaw, teeth, and gums. The difficulty with bruxism is that it is often hard to know you suffer from it because it takes place as you sleep, and the symptoms can be easily attributed to other conditions.
Physical damage can appear if you suffer from bruxism. Check your teeth for signs of wear and tear and if they look flat or dull, as this could be a potential sign. Other signs include chewing on the inner cheeks, indentations on the tongue, chips and cracks in teeth that are not easily explainable, an increase in tooth sensitivity, and jaw pain or soreness after waking up or chewing.
There are numerous symptoms that are often seen with bruxism disorders, but most cases of bruxism are often misdiagnosed by an individual as they can be easily attributed to other conditions. Or, in many cases, simply go undetected as bruxism often occurs while a person is asleep. If you have a sleep partner or a roommate, ask them if they have ever noticed time where you grind your teeth loudly while asleep.
Don’t wait until it’s too late for a bruxism treatment, such as night guards. If you would like to know if you need bruxism treatment, please book an oral exam with Dr. Kyle M. Triggs and our team at Alaska Dental Associates at our dentist office in Anchorage, Alaska, by calling us at 907-562-2284. Let us help you achieve a healthy smile!