It goes without saying that your smile, whether you like it or not, must fend off various threats throughout the course of your life. Indeed, while we may have a few natural defenses – such as your protective layer of dental enamel – the truth is that there are significantly more threats than there are protective factors. With this in mind, it is necessary we take strides to prioritize at-home preventive care so our grins have the best chances of success. In today’s blog, your Overland Park, KS dentist discusses the potential damage that arises from nontraditional bruxism, and how in-house treatment can help.
The Truth About Bruxism
By now, you are likely familiar with many of the common oral health concerns out there that can complicate your smile’s strength. Among the most common of offenders are gum disease, tooth decay, and other bacterial infections. While these are the most common of concerns, that is not to say that they are the only ones. As a matter of fact, these only represent the tip of the iceberg, and there are many more traditional and nontraditional concerns that you might not be providing protection against.
Among the nontraditional oral health concerns mentioned, today’s blog is primarily going to look at the unconscious phenomenon of bruxism. This is the formal name given to chronic teeth grinding, and occurs when a person tightly clenches his or her teeth together and moves the lower jaw from side to side. Not only does this process generate friction between teeth, but it causes damage to your structures as well. For more information about this process and how our team can help, give our office a call today.
Ways It Affects Health and Function
In addition to the damage it causes your teeth, your oral health and function are also impacted. For example, the constant stress on your teeth and joints can lead to increased tension. Over time, this can make it difficult to open the mouth fully or participate in functions such as eating with ease.
Untreated bruxism can lead to a number of immediate concerns, but arguably the most troubling issue to be vigilant about is the way it can lead to a dangerous jaw dysfunction known as TMJ Disorder. Contact our team today to learn more.
Damage to Jaw Joints
TMJ disorder is a phenomenon that occurs when your lower jaw becomes misaligned from one or both of the temporomandibular joints (TMJs) at which it hinges to the cranium. This can lead to popping or clicking in the jaw, troubles opening the mouth, and even major discomfort or pain. Fortunately, splint-therapy and an oral appliance can help correct the issue.
Learn More Today
Contact Family First Dental in Overland Park, KS by calling 913-381-2600 to learn more about treating teeth grinding early, and schedule your next appointment with our team today.