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Bruxism is a dental term that applies to the compulsive oral health condition of grinding and clenching your teeth while asleep. It is possible to be entirely unaware of having bruxism, but we have provided the common symptoms to help you recognize the condition.

Asking a family member or roommate if they can hear you grinding your teeth while you sleep can help you realize the existence of an issue. We also encourage you to check your smile regularly for any damages in your teeth or any surrounding cheek tissues that appear heavily worn or bitten, which could be a result of nightly tooth grinding. Teeth that are worn down or flat teeth or causing impressions on your tongue could be other signs of bruxism.

There are some symptoms of bruxism that may seem unrelated, such as:

– Jaw or facial pain
– Facial muscles that feel tight   
– Headaches in the morning
– Earaches
– A locking jaw
– Increasing tooth sensitivity

Treatments for bruxism can include oral night guards to protect your teeth. Contact Hatfield Cosmetic & Family Dentist at 864-968-8811 today and schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. LeeAnn Hatfield, if you are interested in discussing your options for bruxism treatment in Greer, South Carolina. We look forward to helping you with all of your oral care needs