Common Signs, Symptoms, and Warning Signs of Bruxism

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Do you know the common signs, symptoms, and warning signs of bruxism, also known as teeth-grinding? Did you know that most cases of bruxism often go undiagnosed for many months and sometimes even years due to the difficulty of early detection signs? One reason bruxism is so difficult to detect is a result of the fact that teeth grinding typically take place when a person is asleep.

Bruxism is most commonly found or noticed by others, including sleep partners or roommates, who can easily notice and detect any loud teeth grinding noises that you may be producing as you sleep. Another common early warning sign of bruxism is with the teeth themselves, as they can appear flat or worn, or even show signs of chipping and cracking that may be otherwise unexplainable.

Another common warning sign of bruxism is an enhanced sensitivity with your teeth, which is often strongest after you wake up. You may also notice an increase in jaw pain or soreness. Damaged cheek tissue, a locked jaw, and pain much like earaches are also common signs. Bruxism is often linked to TMJ disorders and sleep apnea.

If you are looking to improve your smile with bruxism treatments or any other procedure at Dentists at Memorial Park, you are welcome to book an appointment with Dr. Catalina Cruz Johnson and our team at our dentist office in Houston, Texas. We can be reached at 713-861-8323. Bruxism can be conquered, so feel free to come see us today.