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Sleep bruxism, an illness where you gnash or grind your teeth during your sleep, can lead to damaged teeth, headaches and jaw disorders, and it often leads to other sleep problems such as sleep apnea and snoring. Regrettably, self-diagnosing bruxism can be complicated – you can’t exactly tell what you’re doing when you’re unconscious. For this reason, try looking for the following symptoms that occur during waking hours:

  • Chipped, fractured, loose, or otherwise damaged teeth
  • Grinding or clenching teeth
  • Noticeably heightened sensitivity or pain in your teeth
  • Scars or damage from chewing your cheeks
  • Sleep problems or interruptions
  • Face or neck soreness
  • Earache-like pain, but no actual earache
  • Headaches or dull pain in the temples
  • Soreness or locking in the jaw or jaw muscles

If you are experiencing one or more of these signals, you may be suffering from sleep bruxism. We recommend that you call our office at 804-379-9177 now to set up a sleep bruxism discussion at our Midlothian, Virginia, office with Dr. Jeryl Abbott. Because sleep bruxism can have serious effects on your health, it’s important to get ahead of the problem as soon as you can. We’ll be here to help when you’re ready.