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If someone were to ask you if you were dealing with bruxism, chances are you would say no. But what if you were asked if you grind or clench your teeth? Bruxism is the clinical word for teeth grinding, and you may be unaware that you are doing it, especially if you grind your teeth while you sleep. Because of that, your dentist, spouse, or partner may notice it before you do.

You may need treatment for bruxism if you have headaches or facial pain that you cannot explain, tight jaw muscles, or damaged, flattened or broken teeth and dental work. Bruxism can have a variety of causes. If you find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth while you are awake, stress may be a factor. Your physical fitness, nutrition and sleeping habits may be contributing to the problem. If your teeth are not properly aligned, bruxism could become a problem for you. Children who suffer from bruxism may grow out of it, but the condition may still need to be addressed. The most common problem associated with bruxism is a loss of tooth enamel which can lead to tooth decay.

To alleviate bruxism, your dentist can create a night guard or other appliance for you to wear as you sleep. It may be a simple matter of reshaping teeth that are improperly contacting one another. You may also benefit from stress-management techniques.

If you or a loved one might be suffering from bruxism, make an appointment to see Dr. Russel R. Jacinto at Russel R. Jacinto, DMD in Glendale, California. The doctor will be happy to give you an exam, and suggest a course of treatment. To reach our office, call 818-296-0185 today.