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What are the most common signs of bruxism? Bruxism is a common, yet often concealed sleep disorder characterized by grinding or gnashing your teeth while unconscious and often done while asleep. Treating bruxism can be done fairly easily with night guards or bite plates, but the difficult task is determining if you even have the disorder.

If you do suffer from bruxism, the longer it lasts the more your symptoms will show. For example, check your tongue for indentations or your cheeks for signs of tissue damage, as both are common signs of bruxism. If you have bruxism, your teeth may appear shorter than usual and may look flat or dull. Another common sign of bruxism includes chips and cracks in your teeth that you cannot explain or remember where they came from.

Other common ailments caused by bruxism include various aches and pains that are often most prevalent when you wake up in the morning. This can include jaw pain, earaches, and headaches. You may also experience a heightened degree of tooth sensitivity. If you have a roommate or sleep partner, ask if they have ever observed or heard you grinding your teeth loudly while you sleep.

If you would like to speak with Dr. James C. Ma and our team about bruxism, please schedule an appointment at our dentist office of James C. Ma in Tulare, California, by calling 559-688-4111. We will do our best to help you in any way we can.