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Does Grinding Your Teeth Lead to Teeth Loss?

Posted on 11/20/2019 by Dan Laizure
Does Grinding Your Teeth Lead to Teeth Loss?Stress is a major cause of teeth grinding in adults around the world. However, it is not the only cause. Another common cause for teeth grinding is an uneven bite caused from an overbite or an under bite. Teeth grinding can occur during the day or at night when you sleep.

Grinding your teeth during the day can be stopped by giving yourself a simple reminder to stop clenching your jaw, but at night it may be necessary to wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth and jaw. If you are not sure if you are grinding your teeth at night, there are some symptoms to look out for including a sore jaw muscle, headaches, and tooth sensitivity.

Teeth grinding can have many negative side effects if it occurs over a long period of time such as sleep issues for you or your partner, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), and excessive wear of the teeth.

Grinding your teeth can cause the loss of teeth depending on a variety of factors related to time spent grinding teeth and the current state of your teeth. When grinding your teeth, your teeth are put under constant pressure created by your jaw muscles. This pressure can wear away at the enamel of your teeth.

If your teeth's enamel gets worn away, this can cause sensitive teeth and eventually ruin the overall strength of your teeth causing serious physical damage like chipped or cracked teeth. Teeth grinding can also be disastrous for the gum line causing it to recede over time. Gum line recession can open up your teeth to harm from the bacteria that lives in your mouth and may eventually lead to early tooth decay.

Way to Prevent Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding can be caused by both psychological and physiological means. Teeth grinding can be helped in a lot of cases by taking the time to destress and relax. We can help nighttime teeth grinding by offering a customized mouth guard to wear at night. The mouth guard will take the brunt of the impact when you grind your teeth. For physiological issues related to teeth grinding, it is necessary to examine the exact cause. We recommend if you are experiencing symptoms of teeth grinding to come into our office for an evaluation as long term it could be detrimental to your oral health.

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