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Are you doing enough to keep your teeth and gums safe from all the oral health risks that can occur in life? Even if you’re doing an effective job cleaning your mouth on a daily basis, several other oral health risks including underlying conditions can often arise as well. One common condition that is often hard to detect is known as bruxism. Bruxism occurs when you are unconsciously grinding and clenching your teeth. Almost all forms of bruxism occur while you sleep, although some of them can occur unconsciously while you are awake, which may often be linked to stress and stress-related issues.

If you are suffering from sleep bruxism, it is often most easily detected in the morning. Each morning when you wake up, you will need to examine your teeth and gums to check if any abnormal or strange markings are present, which can include damage to the linings of your gums and markings on your tongue or physical trauma to your teeth. Chips and cracks or flat or worn teeth are commonly linked to sleep bruxism. If you are suffering from sleep bruxism, you should visit your dentist to see if you could benefit from an oral appliance to limit or prevent any further damage from occurring. Common forms of oral health care tools for treating bruxism can include night guards.

Dr. William Schell and our team at our office are here to help you in every way we can. If you would like to set up a bruxism treatment, come see us at our dental office in Plano, Texas, or please call us at 972-618-0084 to speak with a member of our team. We look forward to seeing you with a safe and happy smile!