You may be grinding your teeth at night without even realizing that it is happening but bruxism does leave telltale after effects. If you suffer from too many headaches or if you wake from sleep with a soreness in the jaw area or achy muscles you may well be grinding your teeth and not be aware of it. When the grinding is loud enough which is the case in some instances bruxism is often first discovered by a sleep partner. If not, the habit could go unnoticed for some time.
Bruxism can affect all age groups. Causes range from issues with teething to the stress that comes with worry or anxiety. Other conditions that are often associated with bruxism include sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea and lifestyle habits like smoking and the excessive use of alcohol.
If you can relate to any of these signs or symptoms you may be asking yourself what can be done about it. Your treatment plan will depend in part on the source of your bruxism. Your dentist will complete a thorough evaluation of your specific symptoms before making his professional recommendation, but treatment may well involve wearing a thin, custom fitted oral appliance that will cover and protect your teeth while you sleep or during the daytime.
At Deidra Bird Kokel DDS. we are dedicated to providing patients with a wide range of services along with paying personal attention to their comfort and convenience. Call 703-777-5025 to make your appointment.