Commonly referred to as bruxism, grinding of the teeth is a problem that affects many children and adults. Many people are unaware that this issue may afflict them. Clenching of the jaw and grinding of the teeth may be common when experiencing anxiety or stress, and may even occur during sleep. For some, grinding may occur for extended periods of time during every hour of sleep. Pain in the teeth, jaws, and headaches, are all symptoms of teeth grinding in Louisville, KY, where periodontist Dr. Doug Lowy can assist. Here are the reasons why these symptoms should not be ignored.

It Can Damage Your Teeth

When grinding your teeth, you may unknowingly be rubbing them together—very hard. You are essentially creating friction between your teeth with enough force to crack a walnut, which indicates that you are also deteriorating the enamel of your teeth. Depending on the amount of grinding that occurs, you may be removing up to 2 millimeters of enamel by the time you reach your 20’s, which may ultimately lead to more detrimental damage.

It Can Lead to Gum Recession

Gum recession is serious condition that can not only expose the roots of your teeth and cause exquisite pain, but may also lead to teeth falling out. Bruxism is one habit that can lead to premature recession, without appropriate care, incurring costly treatments to remedy such issues in the future.

It Can Cause Headaches

If you find yourself with unexplained headaches and jaw pain, the cause may be grinding of the teeth. Rather than constantly alleviating pain, only temporarily, with medication or a heat pack, speak with your periodontist and become more aware of issues which may concern your teeth. Consciously relaxing your jaw may do wonders to relieve tension, headaches, or unnecessary pain.

Consult With Your Periodontist

If you or any of your family members are experiencing bruxism, you can get assistance from Dr. Lowy. Schedule a consultation by calling (502) 653-8185 today.