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Dangers Of Ignoring Teeth Grinding


Posted on 12/15/2023 by Dr. VanBrunt
Smiling woman grinding her teeth. If you grind your teeth, especially during sleep, you may consider it a minor issue and underestimate its significance. However, you should know the possible risks of teeth grinding. Also, please pay attention to how it affects dental health.

Regular dental check-ups can help identify signs of teeth grinding and ensure appropriate treatment. Here are the health dangers of ignoring teeth grinding:

Teeth Damage


The possible harm teeth grinding may do to your teeth is one of the main risks. The excessive grinding puts pressure on the teeth, leading to the wear of the enamel, chipping, and even fractures.

This can result in tooth sensitivity, tooth mobility, and changes in shape and appearance. Ignoring teeth grinding can significantly impact your teeth' long-term health and integrity.

High Risk Of Gingivitis


Teeth grinding can also increase the risk of developing gingivitis, and inflammation of the gums. The constant grinding motion can irritate the gum tissues, leading to gum inflammation and bleeding.

Periodontitis is a more serious form of gum disease that can result in gum recession, tooth loss, and other oral health issues. It can develop from gingivitis if it is not addressed. Ignoring teeth grinding can contribute to the development and progression of gingivitis.

Headaches


Bruxism often leads to frequent headaches, particularly in the morning upon waking up. The excessive pressure and tension exerted on the jaw muscles during teeth grinding can radiate pain to the head and temples, resulting in headaches. Ignoring teeth grinding can perpetuate this cycle of headaches and impact your overall quality of life.

Sleep Disruptions


Teeth grinding can disrupt your sleep patterns for yourself and your sleep partner. The grinding noise and movements can disturb your sleep, leading to fragmented and less restful sleep.

This may lead to daytime sleepiness, exhaustion, and other sleep-related problems. Ignoring teeth grinding can negatively impact your overall sleep quality and overall well-being.

Damaged Or Broken Fillings


If you have dental fillings, teeth grinding can risk their longevity and integrity. The constant grinding motion can stress the fillings, leading to cracks, chips, or complete failure. This can require additional dental work and compromise the functionality and aesthetics of your restored teeth. Ignoring teeth grinding can lead to costly and time-consuming repairs. Contact our dentist for more information about the dangers of ignoring teeth grinding.

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