How Tooth Grinding Can Damage Your Smile

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What is Tooth Grinding?

Tooth grinding (or bruxism in doctor-speak) is a common behavior among individuals of all ages. It is when a person involuntarily clenches their jaw or rubs their teeth together. Tooth grinding can transpire during the day or night and can affect kids and adults. Some individuals grind their teeth intermittently when they are going through periods of unusual stress. For other men and women, it becomes a habit over a period of time.

Regardless of the cause, tooth grinding can be painful and damaging to your smile. It can also have a long-term affect on physical and mental health.

The Dangers of Teeth Grinding

  • It can bring about loose teeth
  • It can cause physical pain in the teeth or face
    • Headaches
    • Jaw pain
    • Ear pain
    • Tooth pain
  • It can crack teeth
  • It can wear down the enamel
  • It can cause problems with the alignment of the bite

Tips/Ways to Help Stop Grinding Your Teeth

  • Wear a mouthguard to bed
  • Botox (injections of Botox into the jaw muscles can prevent the muscles from contracting in some people)
  • Biofeedback
  • Physical therapy
  • Stress relief exercises
  • Avoid caffeine
  • Avoid alcohol

Resources to Help Stop Grinding Your Teeth

  • Consult with Dr.Bushey  about a custom night guard or splint
  • Talk to your primary care physician about possible underlying medical issues
  • Talk to a sleep medicine specialist
  • Talk to a medical professional who is experienced in using Botox to treat medical conditions–these include dermatologists, cosmetic surgeons, TMD specialists, and some dentists

If you grind your teeth, we invite you to set up a consultation with Dr. Bushey. We can discuss creating a custom nightguard to help protect your teeth. We can also refer you to other professionals that can help you overcome the underlying reasons.

Do You Already Have Tooth Damage from Bruxism?

If you have already damaged your teeth, let’s discuss options for correcting the problems. These might include porcelain veneers, dental bonding, or full crowns to protect against further damage.

Contact The Plano Dentist:

469-998-0235

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3115 W Parker Rd Ste C538
Plano, Texas
75023

 

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