How Tooth Grinding Affects Your Dental Health


Bruxism, commonly known as tooth grinding, is a common habit that can have serious consequences for dental health. Unfortunately, patients often do not realize that they grind their teeth. Here is what bruxism can cause and how you can tell if you grind your teeth.

Effects of Bruxism on Oral Health

Over time, bruxism can damage teeth and the tissues that hold them in place. As enamel is worn away, the teeth may become sensitive to hot, cold, sweet, and sour foods. Without full enamel coverage, the teeth are also more prone to cavities. Damaged periodontal ligaments can allow teeth to loosen and fall out.

Causes and Symptoms of Bruxism

Bruxism is commonly tied to stress. While some patients grind their teeth while they are awake, most do it while they are asleep, preventing them from stopping it. Patients may awaken with sore jaw joints due to the strain. Eventually, patients may also have sensitive teeth and higher dental costs as their tooth enamel is worn away.

Our dentist may recommend custom mouth guards, medications, and restorative care depending on the cause and extent of bruxism and the damage it has caused. Patients can visit our dentist in Houston to have their teeth examined for signs of teeth grinding.