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Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, can weaken your teeth and cause many oral health problems in your future. That is why it is crucial to avoid teeth grinding, so you can protect your teeth and oral health. To help you learn more about teeth grinding, our periodontal experts, Dr. Peter Warshawsky and Dr. Eric Driver with Periodontics of the Desert in Palm Desert, California, are happy to share some information on the basics of bruxism with you.

The basics of teeth grinding and how to recognize it include:

– If you routinely suffer from chips and cracks that you are unaware of how they ended up there, the damage could be the result of grinding your teeth at night.

– Grinding and gnashing your teeth at night can lead to severe headaches and earaches in the morning.

– Bruxism can produce marks on your tongue because as you grind your teeth, it could also affect your tongue.

– Oftentimes with bruxism, patients display signs of tissue damage.

– If you have sensitivity with your teeth when you wake up in the morning often accompanied by jaw and facial pain, it is a sign that bruxism is happening while you sleep.

– Does it appear as if your tooth enamel is wearing down and your teeth are shorter than usual? If so, bruxism could be the cause.

If bruxism is damaging your teeth, call us today at 760-674-4410 to make an appointment with a member of our friendly team. Our periodontal team cares about your oral health and is happy to help you treat this condition.