Do you wake up with a sore, tired jaw? Do you suffer from frequent tension headaches and migraines? If so, you may suffer from a condition known as bruxism, or teeth grinding and clenching. Some people consciously grind their teeth, but most people who suffer from bruxism clench and grind their teeth while they sleep and are unaware of the condition. You may suffer from teeth grinding in Laurinburg, North Carolina, if you notice the following symptoms:

    • Severe wear to the tooth enamel, exposing the inner layers of the tooth
    • Extremely worn down, flattened, cracked, or chipped teeth
    • Pain when chewing and biting
    • Frequent migraines and tension headaches
    • Chronic jaw and facial pain
    • Indentations on the side of the tongue
    • A tired or tight feeling in the jaw muscles

If you experience these signs of bruxism, we encourage you to contact our office today. Dr. Wendy Britt provides custom-made mouth guards (sometimes called night guards or bite guards), which are worn over your teeth while you sleep. This protects the teeth from grinding together and becoming damaged due to bruxism. For more information about bruxism, and to learn how a mouth guard can benefit your oral health, please call or visit our dentist today.