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If you haven’t already started, set aside a few minutes each morning to check your smile for any damage that may exist. Numerous oral health conditions can arise that can damage your smile as you sleep. One particularly damaging condition to watch out for is bruxism. Bruxism refers to teeth grinding while you’re unconscious. Typically, bruxism happens while you sleep. Common signs and symptoms of bruxism include the following:

– If you clench your teeth loud enough to wake your sleep partner, bruxism may be present.

– Look for flat, chipped, fractured, loose, or otherwise abnormal teeth.

– Do you suffer from excessive jaw, face, head, or neck pain or soreness?

– Jaw and face muscles that feel tired or tight may be a sign of bruxism.

– Do you suffer from pain that feels like an earache, but it arises from outside your ear?

– Excessive cheek tissue damage, including damage to the inner lining, is often present with bruxism.

– If you suffer from any forms of headaches when you wake up that feel as if they originate in your temples, bruxism may be to blame.

– If you notice any peculiar indentations or strange markings on your tongue, bruxism may be present.

If you think you need bruxism treatments, please call the dental office of Leon Springs Dental so we can get you in to see one of our dentists. Our office is conveniently located in San Antonio, Texas. To reach us, call our office at 210-698-1010. Dr. Carolyn Walker and Dr. Clarian Lannom look forward to giving your smile the TLC it deserves!