Have you taken steps to examine your mouth for bruxism? Bruxism is the result of teeth grinding and gnawing against each other while you sleep. Bruxism is often present when you are stressed or have anxiety, and occurs on an unconscious level. Usually, bruxism goes unnoticed because it is so hard to spot when it takes place, and the symptoms could be hard to place.
Nevertheless, not all forms of bruxism are guaranteed to occur while you are asleep. Because stress and anxiety can play a large role in the formation of bruxism, you should try meditative treatments such as yoga or calming music when you start to feel extremely stressed or anxious.
Noticing the signs of bruxism is crucial in getting the treatment you need. In some situations, the disorder can potentially go on for years before a person ever pinpoints their ailments and the link is made to bruxism. Take the time to check your teeth and gums for any signs of harm after you wake up every morning. Have you ever observed any chips or cracks that have no explanation of how they got there? Is the cheek tissue on your inner mouth badly chewed? Do your teeth look well-worn and much shorter than usual? If so, bruxism may be to blame.
For additional help with bruxism, Dr. Sylvan Stern and our team at Sylvan S. Stern, DDS are here to give you the smile you desire. If you would like to schedule an appointment to come see us at our dentist office in Southfield, Michigan, please contact us at 248-559-0995 to speak with a member of our team. We look forward to doing our best to ensure your oral health remains terrific.