Bruxism happens when you grind or clench your teeth at night and usually has negative side effects on your oral health. This condition is classified as a sleeping disorder and the treatment depends on its severity and how it affects your quality of life.
Some of the most common symptoms in people who suffer from bruxism are headaches, toothaches, and jaw pain caused by the pressure exerted on their teeth.
How Bruxism Affects Your Gum Health
When left untreated, bruxism has a negative effect on your overall health because it produces symptoms that affect your waking hours and productivity. Bruxism is also the leading cause of gum recession and tooth loss. The constant grinding and clenching of the teeth due to this condition damages the soft gum tissue and results in loose teeth.
Once deep pockets form in the gums, bacteria grows and settles destroying the supportive bone tissue.
How to Prevent Bruxism
There are some things you can do if you think you suffer from this condition. The most important thing is to let us know, so we can diagnose you for bruxism. In most cases, our dentist will notice chipped or cracked teeth during a regular checkup and recommend a plan to treat the problem.
Bruxism is sometimes caused by stress and anxiety. Practicing relaxation techniques, such as yoga and meditation can help you to relax while you sleep. You can also try purchasing a mouth guard, like the ones used by athletes, and start using it at night to relax your jaw. These two things can help ease the symptoms of bruxism.
If you suspect you suffer from some of the symptoms of bruxism, it is important that we evaluate you, and start a treatment as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your gums.