Have you ever wanted to yell but instead kept your mouth shut and clamped your teeth together? All too many people have acquired the unhealthy habit of gnashing, grinding, or clenching their teeth. This is known as bruxism.
Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is one of those quiet health disorders that doesn’t hurt, is completely invisible, and doesn’t require hospital care. Yet its consequences can sneak up on you.
Over time, it can cause your teeth to wear down and alter your bite. It can cause dental problems such as bone loss and loosening of the teeth. Ultimately, bruxism may lead to painful conditions such as headaches, jaw, and facial pain.
If you suffer from bruxism, it is wise to discuss it with Dr. John before it leads to additional problems. Treatment involves correcting your bite and protecting your teeth from further damage.
It may also involve teaching you new habits to replace grinding. Learning to keep your “lips together, teeth apart” will help make a difference.