man gritting teethDo you know if you have the signs of bruxism? The term bruxism isn’t quite as common as people think. It is usually known as grinding or clenching your teeth. If you have ever found yourself doing either of these activities, it could be the main sign that you struggle with bruxism. Dentists want to know if you notice yourself doing these activities because the sooner they can correct the problem, the less damage the ailment can do. However, knowing that you have bruxism is not always as easy as recognizing the obvious signs.

Other Signs You May Suffer from Bruxism

Waking up in the morning with a sore jaw is one of the more common signs of bruxism. It typically shows up like this because most people with bruxism, do it at night while they sleep. It is often done without intent or conscious thought, which makes it hard to diagnose early. A sore jaw can signal that your teeth and jaw were busy during the night, leaving you sore when it comes time to get up in the morning.

Teeth That Seem to Shrink Over Time is Another Sign of Bruxism

If you have noticed that your teeth are slowly shrinking, it could be a sign of bruxism. One of the most common things that happens when you grind your teeth is that you wear down the enamel. This flattens out your teeth, and causes them to get smaller over time. This symptom of bruxism is only noticeable over time, since the damage happens slowly over time.

Increased Tooth Sensitivity Also Points to Bruxism

The more you grind your teeth, the less enamel your teeth have. It gets worn off when you scrape the teeth back and forth. This means that your teeth are going to become more sensitive over time. If you went from not having any type of sensitivity, to a slow increase of tooth sensitivity, it could be due to grinding your teeth. It could also happen from acid erosion or a cavity, so if you notice this sign, go in and see your dentist.

A Misaligned Bite Can Also Come from Bruxism

The more you grind or clench your teeth, the more pressure you put on your teeth. This could lead your teeth to moving slightly. You may go to bed at night with your teeth meeting up perfectly, and wake up in the morning with a bite that doesn’t quite line up the same way. This can happen when you grind your teeth back and forth, or it can happen because of swelling of your gum tissues from how hard you push when clenching your teeth.

Cracked Teeth Often Come from Clenching Your Teeth

Minor cracks in your teeth can come from bruxism as well. The pressure you put on your teeth when they aren’t actively chewing adds up, and can cause your teeth to fracture. The more pressure you add from there, the larger that fracture can grow. Most fractures do not hurt at all when they first occur, but over time as they grow, they become more painful.

If you notice any of these signs, you need to go in and talk with your Huntsville dentist at My Complete Dental. Tell them about what symptoms you notice, and how you feel when you wake up in the morning. The more detailed you can be, the easier it will be for your dentist to diagnose, and eventually treat, the problem. Make sure to also keep up with your six-month checkups, as then your dentist can notice some signs without you even getting to the point of your mouth hurting.