Did you know that bruxism can lead to the breakdown of tooth enamel? Although we often associate tooth enamel loss to plaque and its effects on sugars and carbohydrates, it is possible to wear down your tooth enamel through the process of grinding, chewing, and clenching your teeth, even when asleep.
Bruxism can wear away the beautiful exterior layer of tooth enamel and expose the underlying layers of dentin. These layers can make your teeth look yellow, and thus give many people the wrong idea that it could be the result of a poor diet or lack of better oral health that is causing the discolored teeth.
To avoid the effects of bruxism on your teeth, it’s important to know if you have it. You may have bruxism if you have trouble opening or closing your mouth, or tend to get a locked jaw. However, this could also be the result of a temporomandibular joint disorder in your jaw, or perhaps both. Also, if your teeth do feel extra sensitive, it could the result of lost tooth enamel. Inspect your teeth to ensure they look normal and don’t appear to be flattening or worn down in any way. Make sure your cheek tissue remains strong, and there are no signs your inner cheek tissue is being damaged. Checking for bruxism while it is occurring cannot be done while you sleep, so look for the signs after you wake up.
If you suffer from bruxism, contact Edward S. Brandon DDS Inc at 440-526-8688 to get the treatment that is right for you. To schedule an oral examination with Dr. Edward Brandon and our team at our dentist office in Brecksville, Ohio, please contact us at your earliest convenience. Come in soon and we will fix your smile!