Grinding your teeth, also known as bruxism, is a common chronic condition. It is often done sub-consciously and usually done while you are sleeping. You may notice yourself waking up in the morning with sore teeth or a sore jaw or maybe you notice yourself clenching your jaw during the day. These are some signs that you may be grinding your teeth. It is important to treat bruxism, if you believe that you have it. If you are unsure, you can talk to your dentist as they can look for the signs, too.
Tooth Decay, Sensitivity, and Breakage
The constant grinding of your teeth can lead to a weakening of the enamel or the outer structure of your teeth. The friction caused by grinding your teeth against one another can lead to tiny fractures in the surface of your teeth. These tiny fractures can become homes for bacteria. Bacteria hiding in these tiny fractures can be hard to remove by brushing and flossing, and eventually can lead to tooth decay. Fractures in your teeth actually give the tooth decay a head start on causing cavities. The tiny fractures in your teeth can also cause bits of pain when exposed to cold, heat, or sweet foods also known as tooth sensitivity. The damage caused by bruxism can leave your teeth weakened and vulnerable to larger chips and cracks.
Headaches and TMJ Disorder
The stress of clenching your jaw can lead to chronic headaches. It can also lead to strain on your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), the hinge in your jaw. Over time, the grinding of your teeth can lead to TMJ disorder, which can cause pain in your face, temples, neck, shoulders, jaw popping, lockjaw, and misalignment of the teeth. Conversely, a misalignment in the teeth can be the cause of your bruxism. Your dentist will be able to sort out the cause in order to get you the correct treatment.
Bruxism can be treated
Treating your teeth grinding is important for your oral health. To schedule a consultation with 7 Day Dental, contact our office closest to you at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive.