Is the daily grind affecting your smile?
While teeth grinding, also called bruxism, may seem harmless, it’s actually a serious condition that can severely damage your teeth and jaws over long periods of time.
Many people are not aware they grind their teeth because they do it while they sleep.
So how can you tell if you struggle with the condition?
Symptoms of bruxism include a sore jaw, as well as popping sounds when opening and closing the mouth; teeth that look abnormally short or worn down; and noticeable dents in the tongue.
This abnormal wear and tear will prematurely age and loosen your teeth, and open them to problems such as hypersensitivity due to the small cracks that form, exposing your dentin.
Bruxism can also lead to chronic jaw and facial pain, as well as headaches.
Factors that contribute to bruxism include stress and anxiety, an abnormal bite, or teeth that are
missing or crooked.
The disorder can develop at any age.
If teeth grinding is affecting your oral health don’t wait to seek treatment.
One effective and popular option to alleviate soreness and tooth pain is the use of a mouth guard while sleeping. At The Waters Dental Group, Dr. John Waters or Dr. Kara Flynn can take an impression of the mouth and custom build the guard, which is designed to keep teeth separated to avoid the damage caused by clenching and grinding.
Less intrusive, though just as effective methods could involve biofeedback, and behavior modification, such as tongue exercises and learning how to properly align your tongue, teeth and lips.
The Waters Dental Group
420 E Church Street
Sandwich, IL 60548