Bruxism is the medical term for grinding, clenching of your teeth. This condition can affect children and adults. People with bruxism unconsciously clench their teeth during the day, often when they feel anxious or tense. Clenching or grinding that occurs at night is called sleep bruxism. Adults are either daytime or nighttime bruxer”s, where children are at night.Bruxism maybe mild and may not even require treatment, or can be treated with a small nightguards that can be comfortable when correctly adjusted. Others that do it frequently and severe enough then that can lead to TMJ disorders, and severely damage your your teeth.

Many people with sleep bruxism are not aware of the habit, so they aren’t diagnosed until problems occur. Symptoms and signs of bruxism to look for:

1) worn, chipped teeth
2) receding gums
3) increased tooth sensitivity
4) headaches
5) pain in jaw or facial muscles
6) earaches
7) chewing tissue on the inside of the cheeks
8) clinching or grinding of the teeth

Please feel free to call our office if you have any questions, 713-668-2289, Ronald W. Konig DDS, FAGD, LVIF

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