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Bruxism is an oral health disorder characterized by the unconscious grinding of the teeth. The most common type is sleep bruxism, where grinding happens while you sleep. Bruxism can cause other dental issues such as jaw problems and dental erosion; fortunately, it can be treated. Bruxism can be difficult to detect on your own. Here are some techniques and signs to look for:

– If you sleep with a partner or roommate, ask them to tell you if they see you grinding your teeth while you sleep.

– Bruxism is regularly often characterized by flat teeth, a sore jaw, a locked up jaw, and an increase in tooth sensitivity.

– If you feel soreness in your jaw or get earaches just after you wake up, you may have bruxism or TMJ, a jaw disorder or both. Check with Dr. Thomas Pierce.

– Sleep apnea, a sleep disorder wherein the air pathways that facilitate breathing while asleep are obstructed, may contribute to your risk of bruxism.

If you believe you may be experiencing the wear and tear of bruxism, it’s important to address it as soon as possible. To book an appointment with Dr. Thomas Pierce and our team at our dentist office in Marion, Arkansas, call Dr. Thomas Pierce DDS at 870-739-3256 and a member of our team will gladly help you.