How Tooth Grinding Impacts the Health of Teeth

The Woodlands and Houston, TX

Tooth grinding (bruxism) has a profoundly negative impact on the health and appearance of your teeth. Often done unconsciously, tooth grinding can result in uneven tooth wear, increase your risk for decay and trauma, and result in premature tooth loss. It is also one of the primary causes of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), a chronic and painful condition related to the misalignment of the jaw.

Houston dentist Dr. Scott Young cannot make you stop grinding your teeth, but he can provide you with treatments that reduce the damage caused by bruxism. Customized orthotics and mouthguards worn while sleeping are two of the most common treatment options. Both can help prevent tooth-on-tooth contact while also relaxing the jaw, assisting in the prevention and treatment of TMJ.

If you are a tooth grinder, certain steps can be taken to help reduce stress and change the behavior as well – even when it is unconscious. Reducing caffeine consumption, practicing relaxation techniques, and massaging the jaw can all help reduce instances of bruxism and will be discussed in more detail when appropriate for your treatment plan.

If you are a tooth grinder living in the Houston area, please contact Woodlands Premier Dentistry today to schedule a treatment consultation with Dr. Young.

By |September 16th, 2014|General Dentistry|