The Links Between Your Oral Health and Bruxism

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In order to improve and enhance your smile, it is important to make sure that not only do you practice effective oral hygiene routines, but you keep your smile safe from all physical dangers as well. In some cases, dangers can even come from yourself. One of the most common self-inflicted risks that can arise and negatively affect a person’s oral health is bruxism. Bruxism is a common oral health condition in which an individual is unconsciously grinding and gnashing their teeth. Bruxism is frequently undetected because it takes place unconsciously in your sleep, so it is important to look for the symptoms that bruxism damage has occurred.

Bruxism often arises when you grind or clench your teeth while you sleep. This particular form of bruxism is known as sleep bruxism. However, bruxism can often arise unconsciously due to stress or other issues in your life. If you begin to suffer from bruxism, it can begin to show via various signs and symptoms throughout your facial area. Typically, this can start with damage to your teeth and lead to several other ailments with your gums, head, neck or face.

If you are suffering from bruxism, it often shows signs of flat or worn teeth. This is often accompanied by chips or cracks that have no other reasonable explanation. Other common symptoms of bruxism can include visual ailments and indentations on your tongue or cheek tissue damage. Tight jaw muscles, earaches and headaches, jaw and facial pain and an inability to open and close your jaw completely can often be linked to bruxism.

If you are in need of bruxism treatments, you are welcome to book an appointment with Moundridge Dental by calling 620-345-2100. Drs. Rose and Hildreth and our entire team at our office in Moundridge, Kansas, look forward to establishing a bruxism-free smile.