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Do you grind your teeth? If so, it could be more serious than you think. Teeth grinding causes many negative side effects to your teeth, disrupts your sleep, and can cause chronic problems, such as headaches. If you habitually grind your teeth, you could be suffering from a condition called Temporomandibular Joint Disorder or TMJD.
The Consequences of Grinding your Teeth
Grinding your teeth is not only difficult for your partner to hear while you are sleeping, it can wreak havoc on the health of your teeth. The more you grind, the more worn down your teeth become. This wear and tear can be uneven, causing your bite to eventually become uneven and your teeth to become crooked. In extreme circumstances, you could even force your teeth to become prematurely loose, putting you at risk for tooth loss as a result. Some patients also experience headaches and neck pain due to their nighttime teeth grinding habit.
Help for Teeth Grinding
At Santa Monica Bay Dental, we take teeth grinding very serious as we want our patients to have optimal oral health as well as be comfortable while they sleep. One of the easiest solutions we have for many of our patients with TMJD is to wear a customized mouth guard at night while sleeping. This mouth guard prevents your upper and lower jaw from touching while you sleep, minimizing the amount that you are able to grind your teeth.
It is important to understand that there are a variety of mouth guards that are available for purchase over-the-counter at your local pharmacy store, but these mouth guards are not as effective as a customized mouth guard that our dentists could provide. A mouth guard that could fit anyone will not provide you with the snug fit that you need in order to prevent your teeth from grinding. If a mouth guard just sort of fits, it will not provide the same level of protection that a mouth guard that was custom made for your mouth through the use of impressions will provide.
Stop you Teeth Grinding Today
Grinding your teeth also has many negative side effects on your physical health and relationships. If you grind your teeth too hard, you could experience chronic pain in your neck, head, and ears, which can become debilitating, making performing everyday tasks very difficult. In addition, grinding your teeth at night could keep your partner awake, making it difficult to have a positive relationship with your loved one.
At Santa Monica Bay Dental, we want you to be healthy and happy, which is why we encourage you to call us today if you grind your teeth. The evaluation is simple and the solutions are non-invasive. We can help you get back to having a peaceful night’s sleep, eliminating unnecessary pain, and keeping your relationships in good standing by avoiding the nuisance of grinding your teeth.
Call us today to schedule your evaluation for bruxism and we will get you on the road to optimal oral health! Call (310) 736-2277.