Teeth Grinding Is More Than An Annoying Habit
Often people aren’t aware they grind their teeth — at least for a while. They might notice a small amount of pain in their jaws or have headaches, but they aren’t sure why. Then their sleeping partner says, “You’ve been waking me up with your annoying grinding of your teeth.”
Or the pain and discomfort keeps getting worse.
If left untreated, teeth grinding (or bruxism as it’s formally called) can cause serious, irreversible damage to your teeth.
If you do suffer from this problem, this means you slide the top and bottom teeth against each other forcefully. Over time, this leads to tooth damage and jaw problems.
If you grind your teeth at night, there’s an average force of 250 pounds of pressure on your teeth. Now that’s a lot of pressure, right?
But you’re not alone. About eight percent of adults grind their teeth. And more than a third of parents report symptoms of teeth grinding in their children.
So if you grind your teeth or suspect you do, you need to take this situation seriously and come see our dental office as soon as possible.
What about teeth grinding in children? While it’s not as serious and is usually something children grow out of by adolescence, it’s still important to have a dental professional check out the mouth of your child if the pain seems to worsen or cause problems.
At our dental office, we see both children and adults, so you don’t need to worry about finding multiple doctors you trust. And if you’re wondering why you should trust us, see our 11 reasons to choose our Alpharetta dentist office.
If you have a difficult time at the dentist or if you need invasive dental procedures to fix significant issues, contact us to find out if sedation dentistry is right for you.