If you chronically grind your teeth while sleeping – a condition known as bruxism – or during other times of the day, you’re at risk for some serious tooth health issues.
Grinding teeth constantly can cause jaw issues, misaligned bites, and wear down your teeth to the point where they’re no longer effective at doing their job – helping you speak and eat.
So let’s look at what Dr. Mark Jensen recommends you do to save your teeth from bruxism.
Why stop it?
Grinding your teeth has a lot of negative long-term effects, but some of the most prevalent include fracturing your teeth, loosening your teeth, and wearing down the biting surfaces that are critical to tooth alignment and eating.
If you don’t stop tooth grinding, you may end up needing a good portion of your teeth replaced with implants.
How do you stop it?
The most common way to stop bruxism, if it occurs to you during sleep, is to use a mouth guard. This protects your teeth from grinding against each other, preserves their integrity, and helps you maintain the good tooth health you need in order to live a comfortable, pain-free life.
If you have problems with bruxism, then it’s time to quit putting it off and come to Shawnee Village Dental and get those issues fixed. We can help you get your life back. Call today at 913-553-3046 to schedule an appointment.