The constant and consistent grinding of your teeth that marks bruxism doesn’t always seem like a problem at first. However, one of the biggest challenges with addressing bruxism is defining your teeth-grinding habit as a problem in the first place. Until you do, the grinding will continue, and the damage that it can cause to your teeth and oral health will progress and get worse. Today, we examine what having bruxism could mean for your oral health, and how we can help save your teeth from bruxism with comfortable, personalized treatment.

Why having bruxism is a problem

Having bruxism isn’t the same as grinding your teeth occasionally. Even if it’s an especially active habit, grinding your teeth is something you can typically control on your own. When you have bruxism, however, the grinding of your teeth is often subconscious, and it’s caused by an underlying condition that will have to be addressed before your bruxism can be alleviated. Until it is, the constant grinding of your teeth can become an increasingly bigger threat to your oral health, leading to excessive tooth wear, fractures, breaks, and a heightened risk of tooth loss.

How to tell if your condition is bruxism

It can be difficult to distinguish a teeth-grinding habit from a bruxism problem on your own, which is why many people with bruxism can experience significant tooth damage by the time they realize it’s a problem. Symptoms of the damage caused by bruxism can include increased tooth sensitivity as your teeth start to wear down, as well as changes in your bite as its balance changes under the wearing down of your teeth. The most reliable way to tell if you have bruxism is to undergo a professional diagnosis at your dentist’s office by attending regularly scheduled dental checkups and cleanings.

Putting a stop to teeth-grinding

Once you know that your teeth-grinding is the result of bruxism, the good news is that you can put a stop to it with appropriate dental treatment. If your bruxism is detected and addressed early, this may involve protecting your teeth from damage by wearing a custom-designed oral appliance when you sleep at night. A bruxism appliance is designed to comfortably, but effectively, protect your teeth from the pressure and friction of grinding against each other. For many people with bruxism, the grinding of their teeth occurs most forcefully at night, and sleeping with a nightguard could be key to avoiding potentially serious damage to their teeth.

Learn how to save your teeth from bruxism

Your teeth-grinding habit may actually be a bruxism problem, and personalized treatment to stop it could be the only way to save your teeth from it. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM, today at (575) 534-3699.