Bruxism is the condition of unconsciously grinding and gnashing your teeth. One of the most common forms of bruxism, sleep bruxism, occurs while one is asleep and can easily go undiagnosed for a long time. To combat the difficulties associated with catching bruxism in the act, we suggest these techniques:
-Ask a sleep partner or roommate to tell you if they ever see or hear you grind your teeth while you sleep.
-Take a look at your teeth. Do they look flat or dull due to bruxism damage, or even chipped or cracked with no apparent explanation?
-When you wake up, check your jaw. Is it sore? Is your face in pain?
-When you are chewing your food or clenching your teeth, together, check for any teeth sensitivity.
-If you have been diagnosed with TMJ, you might also have bruxism.
-Keep a short record of your headaches and earaches.
-Examine your tongue and the insides of your cheeks. If you see indentations or bite marks, this is a good indication of bruxism.
If you think you may have bruxism, please call Dr. Douglas Hauck and our team at Douglas Hauck DDS, Inc. at (949) 729.9950 to schedule an appointment. Our dentist office is conveniently located in Newport Beach, California. We look forward to hearing from you!