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Could Bruxism Be Ruining Your Dental Health?

Posted on 3/15/2024 by Weo Admin
3D rendered xray of a skull with the TMJ highlightedTooth grinding, or bruxism, can be dangerous to your dental health. Untreated bruxism can cause significant damage to your teeth, and it rarely goes away on its own. Therefore, if you have a tooth-grinding problem, you should be concerned about your dental health. Here are some ways bruxism can ruin your dental health.

The Dangers of Bruxism

Teeth seem very resilient and complex, but constant friction can lead to structural damage. The enamel is an outer covering of the tooth that protects it from potential bacterial intrusion. Usually, the enamel is a rigid organ and rarely wears away. However, bruxism can wear it down, causing your teeth to crack. These cracks may deepen as time progresses.

Given that the enamel helps protect your teeth, any damage to its functioning leaves them susceptible to bacterial attack. You are likely to start developing oral conditions like tooth decay and cavities. Similarly, bruxism can loosen teeth, making you vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease.

Besides causing damage to your teeth, bruxism causes chronic headaches and pain in the jaw. Since bruxism involves moving the jaw during the night, you will experience fatigue and soreness. In extreme cases, bruxism might lead to the symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD).

Common Signs of Bruxism

Some people might know they tend to grind or clench their teeth. However, since bruxism mostly happens when you are asleep, many people might not be aware of it. This is why it is essential to know the common signs of bruxism. One of the most common signs of bruxism is waking up with a sore jaw. This is because you use the jaws throughout the night, and that results in swelling and soreness. Another common sign is a gritty feeling in the mouth when you wake up. This underscores the importance of immediate check-ups. Furthermore, you might wake up with your jaws firmly clenched and shut. This is a sign that you were grinding your teeth overnight.

We can assist you with managing your bruxism. Visit our offices for more information and possible treatment.

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