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Bruxism occurs when you unconsciously grind or gnash your teeth. Beyond the immediate damage to your teeth, bruxism can also cause a host of issues such as jaw disorders and headaches. One of the most common forms of bruxism is sleep bruxism. Sleep bruxism occurs when a person grinds their teeth while they sleep. Those who suffer from sleep bruxism are also likely to suffer from sleep apnea and other sleep disorders.

Here are some ways to spot bruxism:

– Grinding or clenching your teeth loudly while you sleep could be a sign of bruxism.
– Teeth that are heavily worn down could be a sign of bruxism.
– Tooth enamel that has been worn down could be a sign of bruxism.
– An increase in tooth sensitivity could be a sign of bruxism.
– Jaw pain, face pain, and dull headaches could be signs of bruxism.
– Indentations on your tongue or damage to your inner cheek tissue caused by your teeth could be signs of bruxism.
– A locked jaw that cannot open or close completely could be a sign of bruxism.

Creekside Dental Ellensburg has a highly-qualified staff to help you fight bruxism. If you would like an appointment with Drs. Packard and Packard to discuss treatment options, please contact a member of our team at 509.933.4800. Our office is located in Ellensburg, Washington. We will be glad to help you achieve the results you are looking for!