Grinding your teeth can cause a lot of damage, especially if it is left untreated. When a person grinds their teeth, it causes the teeth to break down and, in turn, causes the gums to become irritated and inflamed. If the teeth break down too far, this can actually cause damage to the gums and the gum line.
If you are grinding your teeth or think you might be, then it is time to come into our office, so we can evaluate your situation and see what kind of treatment plan or solution we can come up with to help eliminate the problem.
Grinding Your Teeth and Your Oral Health
When you grind your teeth, it is usually something that you do not realize that you do. It usually happens at nighttime when you are sleeping. A mouthguard is what is normally prescribed as a treatment plan for those that grind their teeth.
This mouthguard should be worn throughout the night. These mouthguards are custom fitted for your mouth and will not hinder your ability to breath. This will help to protect the teeth, the gums and the tooth bed that is holding the teeth in place.
The more you grind your teeth, the weaker they become. The vibration and pressure can cause parts of your gum to loosen their grip slightly on your teeth. This can allow additional bacteria to penetrate your gums and attack the root of your tooth. This can lead to increased sensitivity and pain.
Your oral health is extremely important. It can actually impact your overall health. If you grind your teeth and damage them, then eating can become painful and difficult. This, in turn, leads to improper digestion, which leads to an entirely new host of problems.
If you would like to learn more the dangers and risks associated with grinding your teeth, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.