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What You Should Know About Teeth Grinding....

What You Should Know About Teeth Grinding....

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Teeth grinding, also called bruxism, is a condition where you grind or clench your teeth consciously or unconsciously. Because grinding often occurs during sleep, most people are unaware that they grind their teeth, affecting 10% of adults and 15% of children. This may not seem like a lot, but families with a history of teeth grinding have rates as high as 50%!

Do You Grind Your Teeth?

How do you know if you grind your teeth? An indication there may be a problem could show up in the form of a headache, or sore jaw when you wake up. Many people also learn they grind their teeth by their loved one who hears the grinding at night. Your dentist will also recognize damage done to the teeth over a period of time.

Why Is Teeth Grinding Harmful?

In some cases, chronic teeth grinding can result in loose teeth, tooth fractures, or complete tooth loss. Chronic grinding can also wear teeth down to stumps. Not only can chronic grinding damage teeth and result in tooth loss, it can also affect your jaws, cause or worsen TMD/TMJ, and even change the appearance of your face. Treatment options at this point could be bridges, crowns, root canals, implants, partial dentures, or complete dentures may be needed.

How Can I Protect My Teeth?

The good news is that wearing a simple, inexpensive Night Guard when you sleep at night can prevent further damage. At Smile Central Dental, we take impressions of your teeth and make custom Night Guards that fit perfectly and are comfortable to wear. If you are interested in protecting your smile and want to stay away from needing dentures, implants, or root canals in the future due to teeth grinding, mention this blog and we will give you 20% off your first Night Guard. Schedule an appointment with us today. Click here

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