MOST PEOPLE CLENCH or grind their teeth here and there. However, if you catch yourself doing so frequently—especially while you’re sleeping—you may be damaging your teeth. Read below to see if you’re habit is harmless or dangerous.
The Harmful Effects
If you grind your teeth at night (also called Bruxism), you probably have already experienced the most obvious, immediate effects: unexplained headaches and jaw pain.
Chronic grinding can cause tooth fractures, loose teeth, and even tooth loss. Grinding can also eventually wear down teeth and severely damage fillings and crowns. Left untreated, bruxism can lead to eventual bone loss in your jaw.
The first and most obvious way to see if you or a loved one are a victim of bruxism is to take special note of any unexplained headaches and jaw pain. As soon as you notice, we recommend calling your dentist immediately.
Unconscious Habits Can Be Hard To Correct
What’s really frustrating about bruxism is that most people do it while they’re asleep. That means the problem often goes unidentified for a long time.
Do you find yourself waking up with headaches or a sore jaw? Does your loved one complain about these symptoms? If it has been happening for a while, you may actually start seeing worn-down teeth, or gums that are unusually inflamed. That is exactly the time when you need to see a professional.
SoCal Dental Care Can Help
The Dentists at SoCal Dental Care can diagnose bruxism, and make recommendations to help remedy it in an effective and speedy manner. There are many options, depending on the specific circumstances. Sometimes, treatment includes making a custom mouthguard to protect teeth. Or perhaps some dental adjustments can help your teeth better align.
Perhaps stress reduction is in order and could help. We’re not only interested in your smile, but also in your whole-body health. If you or someone you care for is struggling with bruxism, give SoCal Dental Care, your North Hollywood Dentist, a call today to set up an appointment.