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Teeth Grinding Dangers

Don’t Grind Your Teeth

 

Habitually grinding your teeth is a condition called “bruxism.” It’s one of the most common sleep disorders. Stress is usually the cause, though tooth abnormalities can also play a role. You may grind your teeth during the day or while you sleep. Bruxism can lead to health problems, so it needs to be addressed.

 

Symptoms of Bruxism

 

It’s possible to grind your teeth without realizing you’re doing it. Eventually the repeated action will lead to other symptoms though. You may notice the following if you grind your teeth:

  • A tired, painful, or tight jaw
  • Earaches
  • Headaches
  • Chronic facial pain
  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Worn down tooth enamel
  • Chipped or fractured teeth
  • A grinding sound (others may notice this even if you don’t)

 

Effects of Bruxism

 

In addition to causing the symptoms above, grinding your teeth leads to serious wear and tear on your teeth. Repetitive grinding can wear away the enamel that protects your teeth, leading to tooth sensitivity and decay. It can damage expensive dental work as well. Grinding also affects the muscles and joints in your jaw. Untreated bruxism can eventually lead to osteoarthritis and bone loss.

 

Treatments for Bruxism

 

The best way to start treating bruxism is to talk to your dentist. A professional knows what to look for and can help you determine whether grinding is the cause of your symptoms. If your bruxism is mild, you may not require medical treatment at all. If it is more severe, your dentist may give you a splint or dental night guard to wear.

 

If stress is the cause of your grinding, it’s important to take steps to reduce that stress. Professional counseling, meditation, and exercise are all options. Techniques like progressive relaxation or guided imagery may work for you as well. What matters is that the approach you choose helps lower your stress level.

 

There are a few things you can do on your own to reduce the frequency with which you grind. If you grind your teeth during the day, try to become aware of when you’re doing it. Remind yourself to relax your mouth. Practice bringing your lips together but keeping your teeth slightly apart and your jaw relaxed.

 

It’s also possible to relieve some of the pain caused by bruxism. Try to avoid foods that require a lot of chewing. Massage your jaw gently to relax it. You can also apply gentle, moist heat by soaking a washcloth in hot water, squeezing it out, and then holding it along your jaw.

 

Do you think you might be grinding your teeth? Talk to your dentist to find out what treatment options might be best for you.

 Contact Lakeside Dental today at 704-987-9087!

About

Dr. Modlin earned his BS in biological sciences, cum laude from Belmont University in Nashville, TN and his D.D.S. from UNC School of Dentistry, graduating with Honors. Dr. Modlin enjoys helping create beautiful, healthy smiles on a daily basis. He is active in the dental community and is a member of the ADA, North Carolina Dental Society, and Academy of General Dentistry. As a former Eagle Scout, Dr. Modlin loves the outdoors, as well as watching movies, reading, and spending time with his family. He, his wife Brooke and their son Jackson reside in the Lake Norman area.

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  • I had some teeth I knew needed fillings and I was very nervous.  Cornelius NC Dentist, Dr. Modlin put me at ease and was gentle throughout the appointment.  My fillings ended up looking great and I was surprised by how it was such a pleasant experience.  I tell my friends and family to come to Lakeside Dental!   - BN more...

  •   I went to Lakeside Dental in Cornelius, NC and saw Dr. Londry and had a wonderful experience. The staff was very nice and helpful, and they even were able to get my filling done the same day as my cleaning so I didn't have to come back and miss work again. The best part...I didn't even feel the injection when he numbed my tooth. I will be more...

  • Dr. Modlin and his Cornelius, NC dental office staff at Lakeside Dental are the best. When I first visited him, it had been over four years since I had seen a dentist. I was a little afraid of what he might tell me. I had a cavity that needed taken care of and wisdom teeth which I should have had out years ago that were now causing me problems. more...