Even if you take care of your teeth during the day, it’s possible there’s still damage happening at night. Some people clench and grind their teeth in times of stress or while they sleep, leading to a condition called bruxism. Over time, this habit can cause permanent damage, especially if you don’t realize you’re doing it! Luckily, with help from your dentist, you can take steps to identify and treat bruxism.
Know the Symptoms
If you wake up with a sore mouth and jaw, you might be suffering from bruxism. Take note of your mouth in high-stress situations to see if you’re clenching or grinding your teeth. When you clench your teeth, the increased pressure can wear away at enamel and fracture fillings. If this behavior is ongoing, you may also experience headaches or earaches.
Visit Your Dentist
Of course, the best way to get a sure diagnosis is by consulting your dentist. He or she will be able to assess your situation in more detail and look for any signs of damage to your teeth. After figuring out the root of your problem, your dentist can recommend the next step in treatment. These treatments may involve custom mouth guards, sleep apnea assessment or finding ways to reduce stress in your life.
Just remember, everyone is different. Here at Progressive Dental, we understand that bruxism can be a confusing prospect to deal with. We’re committed to helping you live the most comfortable life possible and finding a solution that works for you.
If you have questions about your dental health, email office@progressivedentalNY.com or give us a call at 607-754-2273.