Grinding your teeth once in a while isn’t usually something that needs to be addressed. However, some people grind their teeth much more often than they realize, and they may not know it’s a problem until it becomes severe enough to lead to other concerns. When you have bruxism, the grinding of your teeth isn’t something you can always control, or even notice, especially if you grind your teeth together while you sleep at night. Today, we examine what unchecked teeth-grinding could lead to, and why it’s important to speak to your dentist about how to stop.

Worn-down chewing surfaces of your teeth

Your healthy, natural teeth don’t wear down easily. In fact, they’re made of and protected by some of the strongest substances that your body produces. However, people who have bruxism and can’t control the frequency or intensity of their teeth-grinding can begin to experience the wearing down of their teeth due to the extensive, continued pressure and friction against them. This may become most noticeable along the chewing surfaces of your teeth, where they meet when they grind against each other. As your teeth wear down, they can start to feel different as they no longer meet evenly when you bite down.

The overall weakening of your tooth structure

When the chewing surfaces of your teeth wear down, the damage can affect more than just how they look and feel. For instance, the lost structure can make your teeth weaker and less resilient overall, which can increase their risks of becoming damaged even further. The continued grinding of your teeth can cause one or more of them to fracture or break, and the damage will also continue to worsen until your dentist can address your bruxism and restore your teeth.

The extra work your bite puts in

The problem with bruxism is that the grinding of your teeth is a subconscious action and is often caused by one or more of several potential factors. Though you won’t always notice it, having bruxism means that your teeth spontaneously grind together, usually with the full force of your bite, and a much more frequent basis than you notice. Over time, this not only damages your teeth, but also forces your teeth, jaw joints and muscles to work overtime when you’re not biting and chewing your food. The strain can lead to a number of different potential problems, and if bruxism is left untreated long enough, addressing it can become increasingly more complex.

Learn how to stop grinding your teeth

If you allow your teeth to keep grinding together unchecked, it could lead to significant levels of tooth wear and damage, as well as several other serious oral health concerns. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM, today at (575) 534-3699.