Why is teeth grinding bad for my oral health?
It’s not unusual for everyone to grind their teeth once in a while. We all do it, most often when we’re under stress. But chronic teeth grinding can lead to more serious problems with your oral health.
As you can probably imagine, your teeth withstand a lot of stress day in and day out. Fortunately, though, your dental enamel is pretty strong – you may be surprised to learn that it’s actually stronger than bone!
But as strong as dental enamel is, it’s not indestructible. Grinding your teeth (bruxism) puts an abnormal amount of force on your teeth, which can lead to fractures and excess wear and tear.
One of the most common causes of teeth grinding is an unbalanced dental bite. This simply means that your upper and lower teeth don’t meet properly, so you bite down with more force one side of your mouth.
A custom night guard provided at Singh Smile Care can really reduce the potential damage of teeth grinding. The guard is worn at night while you sleep and is designed to prevent your upper and lower jaw from meeting, which eliminates the stress on your teeth.
Signs You Need a Mouth Guard
Common signs of teeth grinding include unexplained pain in your jaw, head and neck. If you have any of these symptoms, please call our Phoenix dental office. We have the solutions that can stop teeth grinding and protect your oral health.