Posted on May 15, 2015
Are you unintentionally damaging your teeth? If you grind or clench your teeth while asleep, you might not know. Bruxism is a condition that may take months or even years to diagnose. People who suffer from it typically wear down their tooth enamel as they slumber. Dentists in Belmont can’t always positively identify the cause of bruxism, but they normally attribute it to high stress levels. So if you often feel emotionally strained because of work, family, or finances, you might be grinding or clenching your teeth as well.Bruxism can result in vague warning signs, such as chipped porcelain veneers or a toothache. If you notice these problems, don’t wait to see a dentist. Putting off a bruxism diagnosis can lead to more significant dental damage. In some cases, bruxism becomes so prevalent that it produces chronic jaw pain and cracked teeth. With a proper diagnosis, your dentist can fit you for a mouthguard. Should you suffer from bruxism, you may also want to consider the source of your stress and try activities that could lessen your emotional strain and its side effects.