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 Bruxism is the act of grinding or clenching your teeth.  It affects children and adults.  People with bruxism can unknowingly clench their teeth throughout the day and or during sleep.  Usually happens most often when a person feels anxious or tense. Most cases of bruxism are mild and do not generally require treatment.  However, depending on frequency and severity it can lead to

• Headaches

• Damage to teeth (including restorations and crowns)

• Jaw pain

• Backaches

 • Earaches

• Facial pain

• Sleep apnea

 • TMD – This joint allows you to talk, chew and yawn.

 It is important to know the signs and symptoms of bruxism and to maintain regular dental care:

Signs and symptoms of bruxism may include:

  • Teeth grinding or clenching, which may be loud enough to awaken your sleep partner
  • Teeth that are worn down, flattened, fractured or chipped
  • Worn tooth enamel, exposing deeper layers of your tooth
  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Jaw pain or tightness in your jaw muscles
  • Enlarged jaw muscles
  • Earache
  • Headache
  • Chronic facial pain
  • Chewed tissue on the inside of your cheek
  • Indentations on your tongue.

 Stress is a major risk factor for burxism.  Increased anxiety or stress can lead to teeth grinding. So can anger and frustration.  
If you or someone you know is experiencing  the above symptoms please contact us to schedule an appointment.

Call today, emergency appointments are always available. Don’t live another day in pain.