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Bruxism. It affects millions of Americans each year, and yet many of it’s sufferers are totally unaware that it’s impacting them.

What is bruxism?
Bruxism is a condition that causes the clenching and grinding of teeth. Over time this harsh rubbing together of teeth can wear away at the outermost layers of enamel, leaving teeth vulnerable to cavities, and in severe cases can lead to temporomandibular disorder (TMD), headaches and facial aches. If left untreated for a long duration of time, bruxism can lead to the worsening of symptoms and more severe dental issues. Unfortunately, many times grinding happens while people are asleep and without them even realizing it’s happening. This can make it difficult to diagnose and can leave symptoms untreated for far too long.

How can you fight bruxism if you don’t know you have it?

The first step is knowing what signs and symptoms to keep an eye out for.

What bruxism symptoms should you look for?
1. Morning dull headaches.
2. Waking up in the middle of the night.
3. Tooth sensitivity or pain.
4. Soreness or tightness in your jaw muscles.
5. Swelling in the joint of your jaw.
6. Damaged teeth (Look for chipped, cracked, loose, or worn-down teeth).
7. Damaged inner cheeks.

If you are noticing symptoms of bruxism, don’t hesitate to give your dentist a call.

How can bruxism be treated?
At the dental office of Drs Guariglia and Goldberg we make sure to thoroughly examine your unique oral health situation to determine the best solution for you. When it comes to bruxism, nightguards have proven to be quite helpful in terms of eliminating or minimizing symptoms, as well as preventing further damage to teeth.

At the dental office of Drs Guariglia and Goldberg, we’ll customize dental nightguards to fit comfortably in your mouth so that you can get a restful night of sleep while also shielding your teeth from harmful grinding. In addition to protecting your teeth, nightguards can also help relieve stress on the jaw joint and surrounding facial muscles, giving you relief from bruxism symptoms. This means better, more restful nights of sleep, fewer and less painful symptoms, as well as prevention of more damage to your teeth.

If you think you are experiencing symptoms of bruxism, call the dental office of Drs Guariglia and Goldberg to learn more about our custom nightguard solutions. 203.866.8585.