Teeth grinding is a habit that you may unknowingly be doing, especially during night time when you are asleep, or when you are experiencing negative emotions. You may not realize that you are already grinding your teeth together as you feel anger, stress, or frustration. What seems like a harmless habit can actually have a number of negative effects on your oral health, and in the process may also have a significant impact on the quality of your life. Your dentist at the London Dental Studio can help you fight the negative effects of a teeth grinding problem so you can avoid more complicated dental concerns.
Jaw pain is one of the most common effects of a teeth grinding problem. The jaw joint (temporomandibular joint or TMJ) may be injured when it is subjected to intense force from clenching the teeth on a regular basis. As a result, constant pain may be felt in the jaw area, which may also radiate to the whole head or neck areas; those with teeth grinding problems may also complain of regular headaches.
Your smile will also suffer if you habitually grind your teeth. The teeth enamel will prematurely be worn away due to constant teeth grinding, and can lead to teeth sensitivity. The pressure exerted from teeth clenching can also result to the loosening of teeth from the supporting gum tissue. Gum recession is another problem for teeth grinding sufferers; the force exerted by the teeth clenching causes the gums to recede, abnormally exposing more of the tooth structure which may also lead to sensitive teeth problems.