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If you wake up with a dull headache, facial tenderness, or a sore jaw, you may be grinding your teeth at night. Medically known as bruxism, teeth grinding, as well as clinching the jaw is usually not a cause for concern. Yet, when grinding and clenching occurs consistently, it can damage teeth.

Because bruxism typically occurs when individuals are asleep, many are unaware that they are doing it. Thus, symptoms such as soreness or tenderness are often ignored or attributed to something else. This is why it’s important to learn about the impact of bruxism and why you shouldn’t dismiss any pain or soreness in the face and jaw.

The Force Of Bruxism

Depending on the amount of force applied to the teeth during bruxism, teeth can become fractured. Although not immediately apparent, fractured teeth are weakened, as the underlying material called dentin is exposed. Given more time, teeth may become sensitive, and even chip away. Eventually, teeth loosen and may fall out.

As a rule, dentists advise patients not to ignore the following:

  • Headaches
  • Soreness in the face or jaw joint
  • Popping and clicking of the jaw joint (especially while eating)
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold substances
  • Loose Teeth

What Causes Bruxism?

While the causes of bruxism are not completely understood, stress is believed to be an underlying cause, as well as sleep disorders resulting in insomnia or restless sleep. Yet, a misaligned bite or missing teeth may also be to blame.

If you suspect that you are suffering from bruxism, it’s important to see your dentist. The dentist will consider your health history, including lifestyle and habits, while checking your teeth for signs of wear or damage.

At Dentistry of Kingwood, we understand that bruxism can affect anyone, and we are equipped to help you avoid costly damage to your oral health because of it. In turn, we understand that not everyone enjoys visiting the dentist. Thus, we are committed to providing warm, comforting care that will put you and your family at ease. Call us today.

Posted on behalf of Dentistry of Kingwood