Is Teeth Grinding A Problem?

Have you been told by a family member that they often hear a strange grinding noise when you sleep? If so, you may be clenching and grinding your teeth. The technical term for this issue is bruxism. Many patients are unaware they experience this problem because it occurs during sleep. The only way people know they grind their teeth is when they are told by a loved one or we mention it during their routine examination. If left untreated, teeth grinding can lead to serious oral health problems.

Never Ignore A Cracked Tooth

Doesn’t it feel like an emergency or accident always happens at the worst time? When you or a loved one experiences an oral health problem, it can be difficult to determine what is a true emergency that requires an immediate trip to the dentist versus a situation that simply needs to be monitored. First and foremost, if you or a family member experiences any oral health complications, please contact our office, and we can help determine whether you need an emergency appointment. One situation that requires an immediate visit to our office is a cracked tooth.

How To Protect Your Teeth

Do you live a stressful life? Many things in your daily life can cause stress, such as your work schedule, activities with children, volunteer obligations, home projects… the list goes on. Each person handles stress differently. For some, it affects their bodies. They might overeat, experience weight gain, or have health complications such as high blood pressure. For others, it affects their oral health. Stress often comes out through clenching and grinding your teeth. This is known as bruxism. Read on to learn more about this condition, how to spot the signs, and treatment.

Do You Have This Common Condition?

Do you wake in the morning and feel a tightness or discomfort in your jaw or facial muscles? Do you find yourself clenching your teeth during times of stress or anxiety? If this sounds like you, you might be suffering from a common condition that can leave you feeling less than your best. If this sounds like you or a loved one, continue reading to learn more about this condition and how to find relief.

Treating Bruxism

Do you have tenderness or pain in your jaw muscles? Have your teeth been worn down, fractured or chipped? If so, you may have bruxism. Bruxism is a condition in which you grind or clench your teeth and most of the time, you do it unknowingly. This can occur both during the day and while you sleep. Sleep bruxism is generally more severe and may also keep your bed partner awake because of the sound it makes.