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Are you frequently waking up to sore jaw or to headaches? Do you suffer with sensitive teeth and earaches throughout the day? Sadly, these could all be symptoms of bruxism, which is also commonly known as teeth grinding. This can be a serious problem that should be addressed by a professional as quickly as possible.

Bruxism is temporomandibular joint disorder (often referred to as TMJ or TMJD). This important joint controls your ability to open, shut, and move your jaw. However, bruxism can be caused by other issues, such as acid reflux, sleep disorders, misaligned teeth, or anxiety and stress.

While it may be difficult to assess exactly what causes bruxism, there are a few treatment options available. For instance, a common treatment from bruxism is a custom made mouthguard. However, if your bruxism is mild, treatment won’t usually be necessary. However, a dentist may also correct misaligned teeth or help you address your other issues.

While bruxism may not seem like a serious issue, it can lead to significant trouble—and can be difficult to recognize. To help you avoid these problems, we encourage you to schedule frequent checkups with our team.

If you worry that you’re dealing with teeth grinding, we recommend setting up an appointment with our dentist right away. Dr. Kevin Oakes and our team will be happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. To schedule an appointment please call Dental Arts of Frederick at 301-663-5552 to schedule an appointment.