How Often Do You Grind Your Teeth?

sore toothHave you ever caught yourself clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth, and then realize that you were doing it long before you noticed it? Teeth grinding is a common occurrence, whether you’re under stress, angry, or otherwise aggravated. Sometimes, teeth grinding can be a habitual nuisance with a number of different causes, and can place your dental health at risk if the underlying issue isn’t diagnosed and treated. Cupertino dentist, Dr. LaFrom, explains the dangers of habitual teeth-grinding, also known as bruxism, and how you can help protect your smile from the destruction it can cause.

A Simple, but Destructive, Habit

Healthy human teeth are surrounded and protected by the strongest substance that your body produces, called enamel. With proper care and maintenance, your teeth and the enamel that surrounds them are designed to withstand the daily pressures of biting and chewing. However, when your teeth are constantly under assault from bruxism, their defenses can wear down and your teeth can suffer structural damage if the condition isn’t treated.

Be More Aware

Being aware of the moments when you clench and grind your teeth can help you take measures to reduce the impact of bruxism. For instance, refrain from chewing on pens, pencils, and other inanimate objects when you’re nervous or fidgety to break the habit of biting and clenching. If you notice that you clench your teeth unconsciously, try placing the tip of your tongue between your front teeth to force your jaws to withhold from clamping down.

Learn More About Teeth-Grinding from Your Cupertino Dentist

If your bruxism is caused by an underlying health issue, such as malocclusion or an improperly formed jawbone, then relief from your teeth-grinding may require treating your condition first. To learn more about bruxism, or to treat damage caused by habitual teeth-grinding, schedule a dental consultation with your Cupertino dentist by calling LaFrom Dentistry at (408) 996-8595. Located in the 95014 area, we proudly serve patients from San Jose, Saratoga, Campbell, Sunnyvale, San Jose, Santa Clara County, Silicon Valley, and the surrounding communities.

~ by cupertinodentist on May 28, 2013.

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