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March 5, 2014

The Importance of Treating Bruxism: What You Need to Know About Teeth Grinding

Shutterstock Mouth GuardAccording to the American Sleep Association, approximately 10 percent of Americans suffer from bruxism, a common sleep disorder that causes the person affected to unintentionally clench the jaw and grind the teeth during sleep. At Joe Isaacson Dental in Oklahoma City, OK, Dr. Isaacson and his team help people with bruxism avoid the many consequences of this subconscious behavior with general dentistry services and customized oral appliances called nightguards.

How Does Bruxism Affect Me?

Individuals with bruxism are typically completely unaware that they are affected until a visit to the dentist reveals damage to the teeth caused by the grinding. For some, other symptoms may arise before a dental examination. Some of the common signs of nighttime teeth grinding include the following:

  • Frequent, unexplained headaches
  • Pain in the muscles of the face
  • Tension and stiffness in neck and/or shoulders
  • Jaw pain
  • Worn teeth and/or dental work
  • A loud grinding noise that disturbs you or your partner
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitivity in gums and teeth

Because bruxism can cause serious damage to your dentition and lead to chronic pain that interferes with your daily life, it is important that you speak to Dr. Isaacson as soon as you notice any signs of the disorder. He may suggest that you use a flexible, comfortable oral appliance that is customized to fit the contours of your mouth. The nightguard is worn while you sleep to prevent the clenching and grinding actions that cause these problems.

Simple Solutions for Teeth Grinding in OKC

If you’ve noticed any of the tell-tale signs of bruxism in your own mouth or in anyone in your family, contact our office in Oklahoma City, OK today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Isaacson. The doctor and his team look forward to helping you conquer your teeth grinding dilemma with a custom-fitted nightguard. We also happily welcome families from nearby communities in Mustang, Yukon, Edmond, Piedmont, and beyond.

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