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Numerous oral ailments can often afflict your teeth and gums without your knowledge. Thus, it is always important to visit your dentist for routine examinations and oral checkups. If you do have an issue with your mouth, it is important to have it treated as soon as possible. One such oral condition that can easily arise without your knowledge is bruxism.

Bruxism is an oral health condition in which a person unconsciously grinds, clenches, and gnashes their teeth together. Typically, this happens while a person is asleep, which is known as sleep bruxism. If you have a roommate or sleep partner, speak with them to determine if they have ever heard you loudly grinding your teeth while you sleep.

Be alert for any signs and symptoms that exist to determine if bruxism is occurring. Upon waking up, check to see if you are feeling any degree of tooth sensitivity or facial pain. If you are experiencing bruxism, your jaw may not easily fully open and close your mouth. Furthermore, physical damage in the form of indentations on your tongue, and tissue damage to the inner linings of your cheeks can be caused by bruxism.

If you are looking to restore your smile with bruxism treatments, contact Dr. Mike Martin and our team at Horizon Dental Care. Contact us by calling 970-245-3633 to set up a reservation to see us at our office in Grand Junction, Colorado.