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How Does Teeth Grinding Affect Oral Health?

Posted on 2/21/2022 by Moyer Office
How Does Teeth Grinding Affect Oral Health?Stress, anger, frustrations, and anxiety can cause teeth clenching or grinding, which can have a huge impact on your dental health. The condition does not only occur in kids. Adults can also grind their teeth more than once in a day without even noticing. Bruxism happens at night mostly, and this is why dentists always recommend sleeping with a night mouthguard to prevent damaging your teeth. Some of the effects teeth clenching can have on your oral health are:

Jaw Pain

Jaw pain is a common thing that affects people who grind their teeth. This is because grinding your teeth constantly puts a lot of pressure in your mouth, causing pain around your jaws. It can also lead to a condition known as TMJ, where you feel a lot of stiffness around your face, ear, and mouth. In other cases, the jaw might dislocate, and you may need surgery.

Gum Infection and Teeth Sensitivity

Teeth grinding can cause pockets to form around your gums, and this host bacteria that can cause gum infections. If the infection progresses, you may even lose your teeth. Sensitivity is also a common problem with teeth grinding. Whenever you want to take a cold or a hot drink, you may feel very uncomfortable.


This is another sign of bruxism and can help you know if you are suffering from the condition. Normally, you will feel headaches in the morning, which is usually caused by too much pressure around your head.

Tooth Damage

Too much pressure on your teeth can cause cracks and fractures in your teeth. This, in turn, will allow bacteria to easily eat away your enamel since it will be difficult to clean inside the cracks that are present in your teeth. If you have discovered you have this problem, you should contact our care providers or visit our dental cleaning for a diagnosis and get the best treatment option.

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