I was surfing the web this morning and came upon a blog that can be found on cnn.com under their health tab. http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2011/12/06/teeth-grinding-could-signal-sleep-problems/?hpt=he_bn1
It is a short article on bruxism or teeth grinding. The constant grinding of your teeth against each other can have a drastic impact on your mouth. Tooth structure begins to wear away, and once tooth structure is removed, nothing can be done to grow tooth structure back. The outer layers of your teeth, enamel, is the hardest structure in your body and the underlying layers, dentin, is really soft. Once, the enamel wears away, grinding your teeth can cause rapid wear and ultimately causes a tooth to break or fracture. Bruxism can not only cause tooth loss, it can cause headaches, muscle spasms and jaw joint pain.
Unfortunately, grinding your teeth is neurological in nature and some people can be completely unaware that they do it. Most times, the person’s partner tells them that they are grinding or a dentists notices wear patterns on a person’s teeth. Since it happens while people are sleeping, it is not something that a person can just stop doing. Dentists can make a mouth piece known as a night guard that can help prevent the teeth from wearing away or breaking. The mouth piece is worn at night and absorbs the pressure people put on their teeth from grinding.
Grinding your teeth can also occur more frequently when you are stressed. It is your bodies’ way of relieving the stress; unfortunately, it causes damage to your teeth.
If you have sore muscles or jaw joints when you wake up in the morning, it is probably a sign that you are grinding your teeth. If you are in the Huntingon Beach area and need a dental evaluation for a bruxism, feel free to schedule an appointment through our website, www.FordDentalGroup.com.
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