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Are you suffering from bruxism while you sleep? Bruxism occurs when you unconsciously grind your teeth. If you do grind your teeth while you sleep, you are at a greater risk for tooth enamel failure as well as potential chipping, cracking, or movement of your teeth. Signs and symptoms of bruxism are often hard to detect, which is why it often goes unnoticed until serious damage has already occurred.

Bruxism is most commonly detected or noticed by others, including sleep partners or roommates, who can easily notice and detect any loud teeth grinding noises that you may be producing as you sleep. Another common symptom of bruxism is with the teeth themselves, as they can appear flat or worn, or even show signs of chipping and cracking that may be otherwise unexplainable.

Another common symptom of bruxism is an enhanced sensitivity with your teeth, which is often strongest after you wake up. You may also spot an increase in jaw pain or soreness. Damaged cheek tissue, a locked jaw, and aching feeling similar to earaches are also common signs. Bruxism is often associated with TMJ disorders and sleep apnea.

If you would like Dr. Katherine B. Fischer & Charles C. Fischer and our team at Fischer Family and Cosmetic Dentistry to bring you in for an oral exam to check for bruxism, please contact our dentist office in Centreville, Virginia, by calling us at 703.994.4626. Have a fantastic day!