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If you are struggling with bruxism, you may be experiencing symptoms that indicate you have a harmful dental condition. Bruxism is known as teeth grinding and clenching and is an oral health condition in which you unconsciously do these things, usually while you are asleep. Bruxism is completely treatable once it’s determined that you have the condition, but it can easily remain undetected for a long time.

An important and simple step is to inspect your teeth and soft tissues each morning upon waking up. If you notice any irregularities or experience unexplained tooth sensitivity or pain, bruxism may be the cause. In addition, any of the following discomforts could be symptoms of bruxism:

• Frequent headaches
• Facial or jaw pain
• Earaches that originate outside of the ear

We encourage you to keep an eye out for any visual clues that are present in your jaw to determine if you are experiencing bruxism during sleep–for example, you could have teeth that appear worn down or even flat or that are chipped and cracked, and you may not know what caused the damage because it occurs while you sleep. Further signs include worn-down tooth enamel, indentations on your tongue, or damage to the cheek tissues consistent with chewing on your inner mouth linings or gums.

Treatments for bruxism may involve receiving a night guard. We invite you to schedule a dental checkup for a night guard fitting at Legacy Family Dentistry by contacting our office at 770-536-1170 today. Our dentist, Dr. Jorgensen, can help you determine if you are struggling with bruxism in Gainesville, Georgia.