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When you visit Who Does Your Teeth for a dental checkup, we can check your smile for signs of bruxism, which is a harmful condition that causes you to subconsciously grind and clench your teeth. Many patients don’t know they have this habit because it typically occurs when they sleep and symptoms may not appear right away. However, we can help you learn the signs of bruxism so that you can better protect your smile.

One of the foremost symptoms of bruxism is an ongoing dental pain in your teeth, gums, and jaw. You may notice it when you wake up in the morning. You may also develop facial pain similar to an earache and increased tooth sensitivity.

Another sign is physical damage to your smile causing your teeth to wear down and look smaller. Your teeth may look dull, heavily worn, and flat, and over time, you may see chips and cracks. Damage can also occur to the cheek tissue if you bite the insides of your teeth at night.

If you suspect you suffer from bruxism in Henrico, Virginia, and would like to schedule an appointment with a dentist for treatment, call 804-447-1435 to reach Dr. Jeffrey Neal’s office today. We would be happy to examine your smile and provide preventive care if needed.