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Are you aware that bruxism can lead to the breakdown of tooth enamel? Even though we often link tooth enamel loss with plaque and its effects on sugars and carbohydrates, it is possible to wear down your tooth enamel via acts of grinding, chewing, and clenching your teeth, even while asleep. This is called bruxism.

When looking for signs of bruxism, took for physical damage to your teeth when you wake up.  Do your teeth appear shorter than they used to be, or do they look flatter or duller? Do there appear to be any new chips or cracks in your teeth that have no reasonable explanation for their existence? Are your teeth wobbly or do they feel extra sensitive? If any of these conditions apply to you, visit your dentist for an oral exam, as they are all common signs that you may be grinding your teeth as you sleep.

Bruxism is also caused by stress. Stress often plays a significant role in many disorders within our bodies, and your oral health is no different. The stress and anxiety that results from life’s worries can increase your risk for bruxism.
Grinding your teeth should always be looked at as a serious disorder that needs to be corrected before it leads to additional problems. If you are having issues dealing with stress, meditative practices such as yoga and biofeedback may help.

To discuss your bruxism treatment options with Dr. Jay P. Boyle and the rest of our team at Boyle Dentistry, simply book an appointment at our dentist office in Mechanicsville, Virginia. Our number is 804-569-0530. Come in today to learn all about the joys of bruxism treatments!