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When assessing your oral health care, it’s always a good idea to determine if an underlying condition is present while you sleep. Various visual clues may indicate that you are suffering from an oral health ailment at night such as bruxism. Bruxism is a condition in which you grind and gnash your teeth as you sleep, which can be caused by stress or an underlying condition with your health. In order to keep your smile safe, it is always important to look for any visual clues that bruxism is present.

If you are suffering from bruxism, it could be due to an underlying condition that may be linked to stress. Because of this, a visit to your dentist may be required. Your dentist can prescribe oral appliances such as night guards and bite plates to help treat the condition. However, it is best to spot the condition on your own before it has done any sort of significant damage.

Visual clues associated with bruxism include damage to your tooth enamel. Because your tooth enamel is the outer layer of your teeth that is designed to help provide an additional layer of protection, it is important to always keep it strong and safe. As you grind your teeth while you sleep, your tooth enamel will slowly wear away. Visual indicators include teeth that are flat or worn down. Other common signs of bruxism include jaw and muscle pain, headaches and indentations or markings on your cheeks and tongue.

Would you like to know more about bruxism? With the appropriate care for bruxism from David Sudimack, we can help you to protect your teeth. If you would like to schedule an appointment at our dental office in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Dr. David Sudimack and our team can be reached by calling us at 575-522-7320.