Tooth grinding is something that we usually do from time to time. You may do this unconsciously or you may have noticed someone doing this in their sleep. While it may pose no obvious health or dental issues, if done too often or has become habitual, it can lead to complications and do harm to your teeth. There are many possible causes for tooth grinding. While it more commonly occurs while a person is asleep, some of its causes include stress, allergic reactions, the occurrence of an unusual accident, issues with your digestive system, and even gaps in your teeth or crooked teeth. These different things allow for the tooth grinding to become more habitual, and the more you become accustomed to it, the more you do it subconsciously.
Since it usually happens when you’re asleep, most of us can’t tell if we grind our teeth or not. However, there are many tell-tale signs to verify on your own if you are beginning to grind your teeth habitually. Common symptoms of tooth grinding include regular headaches and jaw pains. Others also complain of earaches, chipped or worn down teeth, or increased tooth sensitivity. When you start feeling these symptoms or if someone informs you that you loudly grind your teeth when you sleep, then it’s time to visit the dentist.
There are many dangers associated to regular or habitual tooth grinding. One of the more obvios dangers is the damage of your teeth. As you grind your teeth, you destroy the enamel protection of your tooth and expose it to germs and tooth problems. It also increases the tooth’s sensitivity and you may feel pain when eating certain kinds of foods. If left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss. Moreover, it not only affects your teeth. It can also damage your jaw, muscles, hearing and even alter the not only the appearance of your teeth, but also your face.
So if you suspect that you’re tooth grinding, please visit Aark Dental to determine the severity of your tooth grinding and check to see how much it has affected you, as well as learn about your options to preventing future tooth grinding.