Did you know that the technical term for the habitual grinding of teeth is bruxism? Bruxism is a condition in which you subconsciously clench your teeth and grind your teeth together. If it happens while you are sleeping, it may not seem like that big of a deal to you. However, it is important to know that the nightly grinding of your teeth could be causing problems for your smile. Your dentist can help you to stop grinding your teeth together, as well as help deal with the consequences that may already exist. Your dental team in Lafayette, LA wants to help you stop grinding your teeth for your smile’s health.
Increased Risk of Tooth Decay
Your teeth are protected by your enamel, which is a very strong substance. The grinding of enamel against enamel can lead to erosion and tiny fractures on the outside of teeth. Erosion of your enamel leaves your teeth more vulnerable to the harmful bacteria that can cause tooth decay. In fact, the tiny fractures in teeth can give that harmful bacteria a head start to the deeper areas of your tooth. People who grind their teeth have a higher probability of having cavities for this reason.
Risk of Tooth Fracture
The same minuscule fractures that give bacteria access to your teeth also make your teeth more susceptible to breakage and larger fractures. Weakened teeth are less likely to withstand the pressure from biting and chewing. Once you and your dentist work to stop teeth grinding, it may be important to restore your teeth back to a point of strength and durability.
The Pressure on Your Jaw
The stain of bruxism can be too much for the joints of your jaw. It can cause you to wake up feeling sore or having headaches. If you continue grinding your teeth for years, it could lead to TMJ disorder.
Do you grind your teeth while you sleep?
Grinding your teeth can be a problem for your smile and your jaw. To schedule a consultation, call the office of Michael J. Young, DDS, in Lafayette, LA, today at 337-237-6453. We proudly serve patients from Breaux Bridge, Broussard, Scott, Youngsville, and surrounding communities