Life can be stressful, and everyone has different ways of dealing with their stress. Sometimes, stress may manifest itself in the clenching or grinding of your teeth. Often, this happens on a subconscious level, and it may even occur while you sleep. The condition is called bruxism. If bruxism is not treated, it can lead to damage to your teeth or your dental work. Bruxism will also wear away the enamel on your teeth, exposing the dentin and putting you at risk for tooth decay.
Some of the symptoms of bruxism include a loss of tooth enamel and greater sensitivity in your teeth, a sore jaw, or problems with your jaw muscles; damage to your teeth, or a headache. Many people may not know that they suffer from bruxism until their dentist notices the problem, or their spouse or partner complains about the noise from the grinding.
Many children who grind their teeth grow out of the problem. However if bruxism is a factor in your life, your dentist may fit you with a night guard to wear while you sleep, or take steps to correct a problem in your bite. In some cases the problem may be solved by finding ways to address the stress in your life.
If you are showing any of the signs of bruxism, or if you have other concerns about your mouth or teeth; or if it is just time for your regular cleaning and exam, our dentist, Dr. Mike Roussel at My Dentist Albuquerque is here to help. If you live in the Albuquerque, New Mexico, area, call us today at 505-881-4365 to schedule an appointment.