Do you grind your teeth? If you do, then you have Bruxism. Bruxism is the involuntary action of grinding your teeth, especially during sleep. It’s reminiscent of people who bite their nails. They are completely unaware of their actions.
What happens with Bruxism?
At least when one bites their nails, the nails grow back. One of the consequences of Bruxism is the enamel on the teeth does not come back once it is ground away. Bruxism is of concern because it can:
- Cause severe damage to the gums
- Cause weakening of the teeth to the point of fracturing
- Cause voids between the gums and the teeth that allow toxins and bacteria deep down into the gums. This acts as a causal factor in periodontal disease.
- Cause arthritis in the joint of the jawbone, creating chronic earaches and headaches
Bruxism is an unfortunate condition that can cause significant impact to the mouth and the body. There may not be a cure, but there are treatments that can be implemented to reduce the effects. Dr. William S. Neale of Wichita Falls, your periodontal specialist, can help you with those treatments.
Contact us if you suffer from Bruxism. We can help.