Tooth grinding can promote other dental problems
Do you ever wake up with an achy jaw or a headache, or notice popping or clicking in your jaw when you open and close your mouth? If so, you may be grinding your teeth at night. Teeth grinding need not become a serious dental problem, but in severe cases it can cause misalignment of teeth, which can promote gum disease. Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, most often occurs at night. Although it is often linked to stress, bruxism can be caused by sleep disorders or by mechanical problems with the teeth, such as missing or broking teeth or a misaligned bite. It's important to tell your dentist if you think you have been grinding your teeth so he or she can pay special attention to signs of damage to the tooth enamel.
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