Teeth grinding can cause lots of problems and you may not even be aware that you are grinding your teeth, but if you notice these symptoms, you should look into the issue further.
Teeth grinding causes chips in the teeth, as your teeth are coming in contact with each other far more often than they should be. This also wears down the surfaces of your teeth, causes cracks, and flattens the edges of your teeth making it harder to bite and chew.
You may experience jaw pain and headaches. Some people who grind their teeth can develop TMJ disorder, leading to restricted movement within the jaw, as well as popping and clicking noises.
Teeth grinding causes dental health problems such as loose teeth and teeth that are very sensitive. Grinding your teeth can ruin previous dental work and often leads to dental decay at a faster rate, as enamel wears away from the tooth. It can even create issues elsewhere in your mouth, such as gum recession, lesions, and chewed tissue inside the cheeks. With all of these negative effects it is easy to see why teeth grinding must be addressed as soon as possible. Luckily, there are ways to mitigate the damage caused by teeth grinding, but people affected by this issue have to take steps to reduce teeth grinding in the first place.
Whether you know you grind your teeth, or think you may be doing it without realizing, based on symptoms you are experiencing, it is important to deal with the problem right away. The longer you grind your teeth, the worse these effects will become. Take your dental health seriously, and protect your teeth by working to reduce teeth grinding. Be sure to discuss any symptoms you may experience or notice with your children, with Dr. Maduke, Dr. Bulat, or any of the dental team at MadukeBulat Orthodontists.