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  • Chris McMurray

Are your teeth getting shorter?

Take a look at your teeth closely the next time you brush, do your teeth look shorter? Do you wake up in the mornings with a sore jaw? Do your muscles around your jaw and neck feel tight and tender? These are just a few signs that you may be grinding or clenching your teeth.

Bruxism is the technical name for it. Bruxism may cause major long term problems with your teeth. During times of stress many people are unaware they are grinding or clenching and often the worst time is when we are sleeping. When you visit us, we often see signs that you may be grinding such as shiny facets on the top of your tooth or broken teeth and fillings.

There are some simple suggestions we can make to help with the condition such as being very aware of what you are doing during the day with your teeth. The only time the teeth should come together is when we are eating not at any other time. In certain cases the use of a nightguard may be the best protection for your teeth. Bruxism is a common problem that has been prevalent throughout the stressors of 2020. If you believe you are suffering from bruxism talk to us about diagnosis and treatment.

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