You may be doing this for a few different reasons. You may already be a teeth grinder during the day or at night. Clenching your teeth may be something you do as a result from added stress or just out of habit.
The important thing is that we help you try to resolve this issue. Oral hygiene can be effected by this even if it seems like something minor. Let's talk about how clenching your teeth can hurt you, how it can affect your oral health and some long-term effects.
What Does Clenching Your Teeth Ultimately do to Your Oral Health?
Grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw may be something you do in your sleep, and you may not even realize you're doing it. You might also be doing this during stressful situations.
Believe it or not this is a common thing for a lot of people. There is a good chance if you don't realize you're doing it that you won't notice warning signs right away. That is one of the many reasons why it is important to see your dentist routinely. We are able to notice things you may not be aware of.
We want to keep your real teeth as long as absolutely possible. Grinding your teeth will ultimately start to wear down your tooth enamel. There are ways to help you to avoid this habit.
You may notice a soreness in your muscles and jaw from the added pressure, or a sensitivity to hot and cold from worn down tooth enamel. Leaving it go for too long can start to expose your roots, and then you may require a root canal or worse, tooth extraction.
If you are experiencing any kind of pain or discomfort, this really is your body's way of telling you something is wrong. It is important that you get in to see us right away. Our job is to help get rid of the pain and help you get back on track.
We only get one set of adult teeth to last us a lifetime, so let us help you keep them as long as possible. The sooner you make time to see us and get any issues addressed the less time overall, you'll need to spend in the office. Please call us for your regular six-month checkup, so we can get you all cleaned up and keep your smile at its best. Can't wait to see you.
Time to schedule your next appointment?
Call our Bull Mountain location at (503) 968-6101, our Bridgeport location at (503) 906-8600, or use our easy online scheduling form to set up your next visit quickly. On behalf of every dentist and team member at Total Health Dental, we look forward to helping you brighten the world with your smile.