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Are you clenching or grinding your teeth at night while you sleep? If so, you could be experiencing bruxism. Thousands of people each night grind their teeth causing them to wear away and chip over time, breaking their tooth enamel down due to bruxism. Night guards are a standard way to help fight against bruxism. However, it is critical to spot if bruxism is happening to you, so you can treat it and protect your teeth.

Our dentist, Dr. Nirmal Aujla with Jefferson Dental Health PC in Watertown, New York, is happy to help you protect your teeth and oral health from bruxism. That is why, our team has provided some information on what to watch for, so you know if bruxism is threatening your smile.

Here are some signs and symptoms of bruxism:

  • Are you familiar with the typical symptoms of bruxism that leave you with extreme tooth sensitivity or jaw pain? These often occur while you sleep at night due to sleep bruxism.
  • Indications associated with bruxism include signs of grinding your teeth at night where your tooth enamel looks worn down, and you’re left with fractures and splits in your teeth.
  • Microscopic fractures from grinding your teeth at night are possible due to bruxism.
  • Damage to the inner tissues of your mouth or tongue can arise due to bruxism. If you ever notice any markings on your tongue or it appears as if your cheek tissues have been chewed on, bruxism is often to blame.
  • Bruxism can produce sensations of an earache or a headache.

If you have any of these signs and symptoms, then please call us today at 315-788-7070 to make an appointment. If you feel you may need a night guard, let us know, so we can give you an evaluation and see if a night guard can work for you. Our team is always happy to help you protect your teeth and oral health in any way we can.