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Have you ever heard of bruxism and are you aware of the damages it can do to your oral health? Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, occurs when you grind and cut your teeth as you sleep. Numerous ailments are associated with this because you can wear down your tooth enamel and slowly damage your teeth, gums, jaw, and muscles in your face. There are a few common symptoms to watch out for:

– Take note of any damage that occurs when you wake up, or feelings of jaw or facial pain, muscle soreness, or the signs of jaw muscles that are feeling abnormally sore or weak.

– Be aware of excessive tooth grinding or clenching while you sleep, especially moments that are loud enough to wake any sleep partners of roommates.

– Exercise caution if you notice that your teeth are flattened, fractured, shifted, or loose, and you have no idea where the damage came from.

– If it appears your tooth enamel is wearing down and exposing layers of your tooth, bruxism may be to blame.

– Inspect your teeth every morning to determine if any additional damage is present, including damage to your cheek tissues or the inner lining of your cheek and indentations on your tongue as well.

– Beware of any symptoms of bruxism in the morning, including earaches that do not originate in your ear or headaches originating in the temples

Dr. Norman B. Fine offers night guards for our patients experiencing bruxism at our Fine Periodontics practice. If you would like to set up an appointment to come see us in Greenville, South Carolina, please call 864-299-5900 to speak with a member of our periodontal team.