If you are like most people, you probably have no idea what Bruxism is, right? Well, what about tooth grinding? Now that sounds familiar. Well, guess what? Bruxism is tooth grinding! And it affects 30 million to 40 million children and adults throughout the United States.
Do you grind your teeth? No? Well, you may suffer from bruxism and not even know it. Whoa! So be on the lookout for the following symptoms and warning signs:
- Your husband, wife, roommate, or parents may hear a grinding sound at night. That could be you grinding your teeth.
- Do you suffer from dull morning headaches? Another symptom!
- Maybe you notice that your jaw muscles feel tight and painful after you wake up. That could be from grinding your teeth.
- What about long-lasting pain in your face? Yup! Another symptom.
- Your dentist may notice damaged or broken teeth and dental fillings. Of course, this is only if you visit your dentist regularly. Hint, hint!
If you notice any of the above symptoms, schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. He or she will try to get to the root of the issue. They will examine your teeth and gums and ask you about your dental health, any increases in stress, and any medicines you may be taking. All could be possible triggers for bruxism. A more detailed exam may follow if your dentist suspects that your bruxism is related to dental problems.
If not treated properly, bruxism can break dental fillings, damage teeth and tooth enamel, and lead to sensitivity. Fortunately, bruxism is fairly easily treatable. Treatment of bruxism varies depending on its cause:
- If your bruxism is stress-related, professional counseling may help. Or you could try stress relieving exercises and techniques.
- If your bruxism is the side effect of medicine, your doctor may switch your prescription.
- If your bruxism is the result of a dental issue, your dentist will correct tooth alignment.
If you have any questions about bruxism, or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.
Dr. Leikin and Dr. Baylin of Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville offer high quality, comprehensive dental care.