Bruxism, also known as tooth grinding, can cause significant damage to your teeth. Find out more about how grinding can threaten your smile and when you should talk to a dentist about treatment options by reading the following overview.
Bruxism puts incredible pressure on your teeth, far more than normal chewing or talking motions. This can result in significant wear and tear on your teeth, causing them to appear flattened as they are worn down. Bruxism can also result in chipping and breaking of your teeth, leading to sensitivity to heat or cold due to weakened enamel. If left untreated, tooth grinding may even cause teeth to become loose or fall out. Additionally, bruxism is often caused by missing teeth or misaligned jaws, resulting in a bite that is not ideally aligned. This alone can present a cosmetic issue, as well as make eating or speaking more difficult.
Aside from the cosmetic aspect of the damage caused by bruxism, the clenching and grinding motions can cut or damage the soft tissue of your gums, causing them to recede and making them more susceptible to gum disease and other infections. As your dentist will attest, bruxism can even affect the joints in your jaw, leading to TMJ disorders and pain. Bruxism can result in seemingly unrelated symptoms, such as jaw pain, facial pain, headaches, and even earaches. All of these can make it more difficult to enjoy your life, especially if you have difficulty pinpointing the source of your pain. Visiting your dentist is the first step in determining whether you suffer from bruxism and putting a stop to the detrimental health effects bruxism places on your teeth, jaw, and head.
Don’t let bruxism ruin your smile—consider orthodontic treatment from the dentists of Village Green Dental Center. We specialize in general and cosmetic dentistry, as well as orthodontics, to ensure your smile stays healthy and beautiful. To learn more about our practice, visit us online or call (630) 445-0121 today.
While brushing and flossing your teeth on a daily basis are essential steps when it comes to maintaining your oral hygiene, undergoing a fluoride treatment is a great way to boost your overall dental health.
This video takes a closer look at the importance of undergoing fluoride treatments. During a fluoride treatment, your dentist will typically have you bite down on a tray filled with a special fluoride foam or gel. This fluoride bathes your teeth in essential nutrients needed to rebuild weakened enamel and protect your teeth from cavities. Learn more about what to expect from a fluoride treatment by watching this clip.
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Good oral hygiene is important, and as your dentist will tell you, it hinges on taking proper care of your teeth every day at home. Brushing and flossing properly are crucial to maintaining a healthy smile, so keep reading to learn some signs that may indicate you need to revise your dental routine.
Sensitivity to hot or cold foods can be an indication of excessively worn enamel, and your oral hygiene routine should be improved. Improper brushing, such as brushing too hard or using a toothbrush with hard or even medium bristles, can result in wear and tear on the enamel of your teeth that result in higher sensitivity to temperature changes. Talk to your dentist about establishing good brushing habits to avoid damaging your teeth and to clean them properly.
Bleeding, inflammation, or sensitivity to the touch may be a sign of periodontal disease, often caused by improper brushing and not flossing. Gum disease can progress rapidly and result in tooth decay, tooth loss, and even the deterioration of the bone in your jaw. Talk to your dentist about your gums right away to learn how to brush and floss properly. Your dentist may recommend additional tools such as dental sticks or an interdental brush to clean your teeth and gums.
Consistent bad breath can be related to lack of proper dental care, so if you find yourself constantly worrying about your breath, it’s time to talk to your dentist. He may recommend treatments such as making changes in your diet, replacing your toothbrush regularly, flossing properly at least once a day, and using a dental rinse to help clear your mouth of odor-causing bacteria and germs.
Talk to the dentists at Village Green Dental Center about your oral healthcare routine today. The proper technique and the right products will keep your teeth and gums healthy for years to come. Visit us online or call (630) 445-0121 to schedule an appointment.
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Bruxism, or tooth grinding, often occurs while you are sleeping. This condition can damage the teeth in many ways, so check out this video to learn more.
This video explains how bruxism causes flattened, worn down, and chipped teeth. Bruxism can even damage your jaw bone and joints because of the extra force exerted by clenching and grinding. There are many causes for bruxism, including stress and missing or misaligned teeth. If your jaw is sore or tired, you have difficulty opening and closing your mouth, and your teeth are sensitive, speak with your dentist about orthodontic treatment to reduce or completely relieve your symptoms. To learn more about bruxism, watch this entire video.
Get more information on bruxism and how orthodontics can help treat misaligned bites by visiting Village Green Dental Center. Our dentists are here to diagnose and treat your bruxism for healthier teeth and a more confident smile. Check us out online or call (630) 445-0121 today.