March 3, 2020
If you aren’t familiar with the term “bruxism,” it refers specifically to chronic teeth grinding and clenching, both of which can be harmful over a long period of time. If you’ve only just started noticing it but haven’t thought to get it treated, you should keep reading. Many people put off care for their bruxism because they don’t experience negative symptoms right away, but the fact is this condition will not get better on its own. With personalized care, a dentist can not only stop discomfort, but also protect your oral health moving forward.
Avoid Enamel Erosion with Bruxism Treatment
Every once in a while, you may find yourself grinding and clenching your teeth. The most common cause of this is stress, so getting that under control can make a big difference. However, many people don’t think much of it and move on, not realizing that their enamel is actually experiencing significant damage due to their bruxism. While the body has the ability to heal many parts of itself, tooth enamel does not work in the same way. Once it is gone, it’s gone for good.
While reducing your stress can not always be so easy to do right away, protective nightguards offer a cushion for your teeth whenever you grind and clench them. Since this habit typically occurs while you sleep throughout the night, it’s a fantastic long-term solution.
Protect Your Gums, Don’t Let Them Recede!
One of the lesser known side effects of bruxism is a phenomenon known as gum recession. This is a condition where the gum tissue pulls away from teeth, exposing the more vulnerable areas of enamel. Not only does gum recession lead to increased teeth and gum sensitivity, but it also puts the weaker areas of enamel at higher risk of tooth decay. In more severe cases, gum recession can lead to tooth loss. Nightguards prevent this issue from happening in the first place, as long as you’re practicing routine at-home oral care and maintaining professional dental visits.
Your Jaw’s Joints are at Risk
Finally, it cannot be emphasized enough that bruxism can act as a precursor for temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. This is a condition that specifically affects the jaw’s joints, which connect the lower jaw (or the mandible) to the skull. After enough time, your bruxism can cause chronic discomfort in your jaw and even lead to more frequent headaches, earaches and migraines. Discomfort can even occur in the neck, upper back and shoulders without professional attention.
Bruxism is a very common condition, but that doesn’t mean treatment has to be. With early intervention from a dentist, you can treat your teeth grinding and clenching before it turns into a more serious issue!
About Tysons Dental Esthetics
Prevention is an essential form of care for Dr. Berrada and Dr. Jawad as it helps you avoid the majority of dental issues before they can turn into serious emergencies. With custom-made nightguards available at their office and decades of combined experience amongst them, you can rest knowing that there’s a solution for your chronic teeth grinding and clenching. To schedule an appointment, you can contact them through their website.
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