Everybody grinds their teeth now and then. Occasional teeth grinding (the medical term is “Bruxism”) does not typically cause much harm or damage to your mouth. However if you are a habitual teeth grinder, you may very well be damaging your teeth and causing other oral health concerns.
Many times teeth grinding is due to stress and anxiety and usually occurs while you are asleep. Because this occurs during sleep, most people don’t even realize that they are grinding their teeth at all but end up with symptoms of it the next day. They may experience a dull and constant headache, a sore jaw and some might even find that chewing is uncomfortable!
Grinding your teeth can cause bite problems, broken teeth, loose teeth and even tooth loss. Your teeth can get worn down over time and eventually need crowns, bridges, root canals or other expensive dental work. In extreme cases, this condition can also cause hearing loss, increased TMJ and even change the appearance of your face!
If you think you may be grinding your teeth, call us and we can examine you and see if there is any potential damage. You may also be fitted for a grinding guard (night guard) to protect your teeth and jaw during the night. Just think, spending a little time with us now can save you, your mouth and your wallet a lot in the future.
And remember, we are here for all of your oral health needs!
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