Unfortunately, today there are more ways than ever for your teeth to be harmed. We have listed below one of the largest threats, and steps you can take to avoid it.
One of the biggest threats to your teeth is grinding. Although teeth are built to chew and grind food, unconscious grinding or clenching of teeth, over time, can damage the chewing surfaces. In fact, grinding can cause micro-cracks in the enamel, making teeth more susceptible to decay, and even wear down the pointed surfaces of molars.
Even worse, according to our Santa Monica cosmetic dentist, tooth grinding can cause headaches, muscle pain, and jaw injury. In many cases, people with bruxism don’t realize they have a problem until a dentist notices tell-tale signs on their tooth surfaces.
This is just one more reason to get a semi-annual check-up. Researchers suspect that stress or anger may lead to tooth grinding. A 2010 study found that people with sleep bruxism were more likely than people who don’t grind their teeth to report trouble at work, daily problems, and physical problems.
Here is what we recommend you do. Our Santa Monica cosmetic dentists says that stress management techniques may help. We recommend to our patients who have signs of tooth grinding that they find ways to relax. Taking a walk and learning to meditate can greatly help. We also recommend that you avoid stressful or frustrating situations if possible.