To most people, teeth grinding (also called Bruxism) is a sign of stress or anxiety, and is a harmless bad habit. However, this is not always the case. Teeth grinding can cause serious long damage to your teeth and jaw over a long period of time. Some examples of this are chronic jaw and facial pain, headaches, premature aging of teeth, loosening of teeth, hypersensitivity, and abrasions to the bottoms of your teeth.
If you are unaware whether or not you grind your teeth, look for simple signs such as small dents in your tongue, worn down or short teeth, sore jaw, or popping sounds when you open or close your mouth. There are some forms of treatment for teeth grinding such as wearing a mouth guard while sleeping to protect your teeth, or behaviour modification such as tongue exercise and adjusting how you align your tongue, teeth and lips.
SummerHill Dental Care can help you deal with teeth grinding. For more information about teeth grinding and how you should go about treating it, contact the dental team at Smiles at SummerHill Dental Care in Newmarket, Ontario.