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While You Were Sleeping...

Do you find you wake up with fatigued jaw muscles or headaches? Do you notice your teeth appear worn down or chipped? Have you ever considered that you may be clenching or grinding at night or throughout the day?

Bruxism is a condition where you grind or clench your teeth either consciously or subconsciously. An estimated 10% of adults and up to 15% of children grind their teeth at night or throughout the day. Since bruxism is so common and many people are not aware they are clenching or grinding, it is important to know the signs and symptoms of bruxism and to seek regular dental care.

Common symptoms of bruxism include:

  • Teeth that are flattened, worn, fractured, or loose

  • Waking up with tension headaches often starting around the temples

  • Tired or tight jaw muscles, or a locked jaw that will not open or close completely

  • Damage of one’s oral tissues from chewing the sides of the cheek or tongue

  • Sleep disruption throughout the night (ie. sleep apnea)

Dental professionals routinely examine their patients’ teeth and mouth for signs of bruxism during their regular dental visits. It is not uncommon for your dental professionals to raise the possibility of bruxism even before the patient has even noticed any signs or symptoms.

Common treatment for bruxism includes:

  • Night guards - This is worn at night to absorb the force of biting to help minimize tooth damage and reduce muscle tension

  • Behavioral changes such as resting your tongue, cheek and lips in a way that relieves discomfort and reducing the impulse to brux

  • Bite adjustment to change the way your top and bottom teeth come together

  • Medication or seeing health professionals such as massage therapy to help alleviate the discomfort and relax the muscles of the jaw

  • Botox Treatment

  • Stress reduction - Lifestyle changes that improve your overall health and well-being

If you have not been to a dentist in a while or think you may be clenching or grinding, the dental professionals at Glenmore Dental are here to address your concerns and create an individualized treatment plan for you!

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