Are you constantly destroying your smile because of a teeth-grinding habit? If so, it’s time to stop! Teeth grinding can damage your teeth in more ways than you might realize, and it’s important that you do everything you can to quit. So, if you find yourself grinding or clenching your teeth at night or even during the day, we strongly recommend calling 903-710-2309 today and scheduling an appointment with Dr. J. Brandon Allen.
There are different causes in adults and children when it comes to teeth grinding. For adults, the causes generally include stress, anxiety, sleep disorders, an abnormal bite, misaligned teeth, or missing teeth. For children, the causes include irritations in the mouth, allergies, and misaligned teeth. However, children’s teeth and jaws tend to shift and change quickly, so this problem should not continue past the teen years.
There are many risks associated with teeth grinding, like:
· You may suffer from headaches
· You may experience some jaw soreness
· You may suffer from extreme toothaches
· Your teeth may become loose
· You will likely fracture or wear out your teeth
If you are one who has this habit because of stress or anxiety, your dentist will give you a night guard to wear while you sleep. The guard will cover your teeth and protect them while you clench and grind your chompers at night. If you suffer from misaligned teeth or an abnormal bite, orthodontic treatment is an option. If you have a sleep disorder, there are many treatments specific to that issue that can help you overcome and correct the habit.
If you would like to know more about teeth grinding, call Bullard Family Dentistry today and talk to a member of our friendly dental team. We care about you and your smile, and we are happy to help you in any way we can, even if it’s just by answering your teeth-grinding questions! We look forward to talking with you.