It is commonly something people do without thinking about it, too. If you have ever done this, or know that you do it regularly, you need to go in and see your dentist. It can cause a lot of damage to your teeth if you don't prevent the damage sooner, rather than later.
Damage Caused By Bruxism
Some of the most common damage caused by bruxism is teeth that get ground down. Instead of having a lot of bumps on the surfaces of your teeth where you chew, they become flat. This can expose the nerves in your teeth to pain because they come closer to the surfaces of your teeth, and become a very painful experience.
The other most common type of damage that a person can undergo is cracks in the teeth. When you clench your teeth, they begin to crack due to the excess pressure. Teeth are incredibly strong, but when they are not doing anything other than being pushed on, they will crack under that type of pressure.
Your dentist can help you if you suffer from bruxism. They can help protect your teeth by fitting you with a mouth guard that allows you to bite down on that, instead of your teeth directly.
This decreases the damage it can do to your teeth, and helps you stop the habit in most cases. Contact our office today if you notice that you clench your jaw, or if you wake up in the morning with a sore jaw, as that often means grinding the night before.