If you wish to check for signs of bruxism in your mouth you must first understand why it is difficult to diagnose. Bruxism is a somewhat common disorder that affects your teeth unconsciously, often appearing when a person sleeps. Although the causes are disputed, when a person suffers from bruxism, they will grind, gnash, and clench their teeth as they sleep, often resulting in damage to your teeth and gums.
Gum tissue damage is often the easiest form of damage to spot with individuals who suffer from bruxism. Typically, bruxism results in tissue damage to the inner cheeks of a person, so they will appear worn down and chewed, often displaying noticeable bite marks as well. Similar damage includes indentations or marks on your tongue.
In severe instances, bruxism can chip and crack teeth. Over time, bruxism will slowly tear down the tooth enamel and make teeth look tired, worn out, and lacking luster. Bruxism can also be spotted due to distinct sounds that occur when a person clenches their teeth. Ask your roommate or sleep partner if you ever make grinding sounds as you sleep.
Dr. Ronald Fuhrmann at Ronald C. Fuhrmann, DDS, A division of Atlantic Dental Care wants to ensure your smile shines no matter what condition it is in. If you are thinking about getting an examination for bruxism, please contact our dentist office in Virginia Beach, Virginia, by calling us at 757-716-7943. We are happy to help with your smile!