Do you grind your teeth at night while you are asleep? Do you find yourself clenching your jaw when feeling anxious? Bruxism may seem like a harmless habit, but it is actually a condition that can severely damage your teeth, gums, and jaw over an extended period of time and also cause headaches and migraines.
Teeth grinding can also wear down and damage the chewing surfaces of the teeth, which can lead to broken, chipped and even loose teeth at a young age. The increased pressure on the teeth will cause the gums to recede and the supporting bone to wear away, exposing the roots.
While the effects of Bruxism can be major, treatment is simple. You can wear a night guard while you sleep to protect your teeth from grinding. The night guard will protect the teeth from the forces and help stop or reduce your grinding.
Signs and symptoms of Bruxism
- Short or worn teeth
- Small dents and abrasions in your tongue
- Headaches and jaw pain