Have you been noticing that your smile looks okay but it just doesn’t feel right? Perhaps your teeth are feeling fine but the surrounding structures like your jaw joints and the muscles in your face have been feeling sore. Before you assume that something unidentifiable and extreme is happening, we encourage you to learn more about bruxism. This disorder that we can easily treat with dental care is often a bit difficult to identify on your own, since you may not even realize you are performing the main habits: Clenching or grinding your teeth. The good news is that by finding out more about bruxism symptoms, you will have a better understanding of the disorder and you will assist us in making the final diagnosis. Then, we can move forward with treatment to protect your smile. Test your knowledge with the following quiz:
Bruxism Symptoms Quiz: True or False?
- True or False: You may notice that the surfaces of your teeth appear worn down as a result of your bruxism.
- True or False: In the morning, you may find that you suffer from bruxism symptoms like headaches, neck discomfort, and even a sore jaw.
- True or False: Your tongue will not be affected at all since it sits between your teeth.
Dental Quiz Answer Key
- True. If you grind your teeth back and forth during the day and/or at night, the outermost tissue layer of your teeth may begin wearing away. Unfortunately, this can eventually result in difficulty with chewing your food and can also cause another symptom: Heightened tooth sensitivity.
- True. When you grind your teeth back and forth or clench your jaws together while you sleep, you place a lot of stress and strain on your jaw joints. These joints are called your TMJs (short for temporomandibular joints) and connect your lower jaw to the rest of your head. Too much pressure can result in pain that radiates to the structures surrounding your smile and TMJs.
- False. You may find that you have indentations along the sides of your tongue if you clench your teeth. Taking a quick look in the mirror can often help you detect this potential underlying bruxism symptom.
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Dr. Bob Jing has served patients and their families across Dallas/Ft. Worth for many years. Together with his caring, compassionate, and highly skilled team at 7 Day Dental, Dr. Jing is dedicated to making good dental health available to as many people as possible. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation or appointment, contact our office closest to you at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive.