Bruxism is defined by the Merriam-Webster online dictionary as, the habit of unconsciously gritting or grinding the teeth especially in situations of stress or during sleep. It’s derived from the Greek word brychein meaning “to gnash teeth.” Bruxism can be done consciously or unconsciously, and can be mild or excessive. Usually, mild bruxing will not result in problems, but excessive bruxing can. Your Grand Prairie, TX, dentist, Dr. Quinn Smith, can evaluate your teeth for signs of bruxism, and discuss your need for treatment.
What Leads to Bruxing
- Your jaw muscles are tight, sore, or tired: T or F
- You experience pain in your face, ears, or jaws: T or F
- Your teeth are sensitive, worn, chipped, flattened, or becoming shorter: T or F
- Your partner complains that you grind in your sleep: T or F
- You experience sore gums: T or F
- You wake up with headaches: T or F
- You notice a level of hearing loss: T or F
ABOUT YOUR GRAND PRAIRIE DENTIST:
Dr. Quinn Smith is a respected and experienced general, restorative, and family dentist in Grand Prairie, TX. He takes a patient-first approach that starts from the moment patients enter our Pecan Tree Dental office, and offers a three-year guarantee on all dental work he performs. Whether you and your family are new or returning patients, you can schedule a consultation or your next appointment with Dr. Smith by contacting us at (972) 262-5111.