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Have you ever noticed a heightened feeling of sensitivity with your teeth when you wake up in the morning? Does your mouth ever feel sore or do you notice any aches and pains originating in your head and facial area? If so, it may be linked to an oral health condition that is occurring while you sleep. That condition is called bruxism.

Bruxism refers to the act of grinding and clenching your teeth while you sleep. Oftentimes, it leads to severe dental damage which is often noticeable if you look for the signs and symptoms. If you notice that your teeth are worn, damaged or flattened, it may mean that you’re grinding them while you sleep. Bruxism has even been known to occur due to stress while you’re awake. If you continue to grind your teeth down, it can wear down your tooth enamel and expose deeper layers of your teeth.

Other common symptoms associated with bruxism include aches and pains that are often present when you wake up. This can refer to jaw or muscle pain, face pain, earaches and headaches, or dull sores in your head, neck and facial areas. Furthermore, if you notice any indentations on your tongue or have any cheek tissue damage on the inner linings of your mouth, it may be as a result of bruxism.

Are you in need of a bruxism treatment? For an oral examination at Preferred Dental Care at our dentist office in Los Alamitos, California, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Chris A. Gipe and our team by calling our office at 562-431-1349.