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Have You Been Teeth Grinding In Your Sleep?
Be Aware of Bruxism Warning Signs

Teeth grinding, also referred to as “bruxism”, affects many people who may not even be aware they have a problem. Bruxism affects people during sleep, commonly leading to a sore jaw or a headache when they wake in the morning.

If you do notice that you wake regularly with a sore jaw or headache, or alternatively, if you notice a change in the appearance of your teeth (appearing more jagged or shorter in length), come in to see our Toronto dentist as soon as you can.

Why is Teeth Grinding Serious?

A teeth grinding habit poses a serious threat to a person’s oral health. By putting excessive force on the top and bottom teeth night after night, a person is gradually wearing away at their tooth enamel and increasing their risk for breakage, chipping and fracture. Wearing down of the teeth as a result of a teeth grinding habit also contributes to an unattractive smile… another great reason to seek treatment if you suspect you grind.

Treatment for Bruxism

In order to manage and prevent the negative consequences of a bruxism problem, a person should see their dentist about getting a custom-fitted mouth guard or night guard to wear every night. This device will fit perfectly to a patient’s unique bite, and will protect the patient from any damage to the teeth that would occur without it.

Don’t Brush Off Bruxism!

Worried you may have a bruxism problem and not know about it? Well, it’s relatively easy to detect the issue. All you need to do is be conscious of the warning signs, and see your dentist regularly (around every 6 months) for a professional check-up. Our dentist will be able to detect any signs of teeth grinding, even if you don’t. So if it’s been a while since you’ve been in the dentist’s chair, make an appointment with us today!

To learn more about bruxism, check out: Causes Of Bruxism.