Taking care of your smile is a lifelong process and one that could benefit from revisiting every once in a while. Indeed, it is important to pay attention to the types of food you consume, how often you are caring for your structures, and when you attend your routine visits. In addition to these traditional concerns, nontraditional issues such as sleep apnea or chronic teeth grinding can cause many more issues than you might expect, meaning it is important to expand your understanding of proper oral health care. In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA dentist discusses the impact teeth grinding has on your smile, as well as why you should treat the issue sooner rather than later.
Immediate Damage to Teeth
Sometimes we are afflicted with issues that only occur while we slumber. These concerns become a bit more difficult to identify, as not being conscious tends to complicate matters. What we can do, however, is pay close attention to the warning signs.
Indeed, issues such as obstructive sleep apnea and bruxism occur during the night while you slumber, and having a partner present may make it easier to identify these issues. If not, however, there are a few things you can look for on your own.
Chronic teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, occurs when a person tightly clenches his or her teeth together and moves the lower jaw from side to side. Since the teeth are tightly clenched, this creates friction and can cause serious damage to the tops of your teeth. What’s more? Consistent clenching can strain your structures, making them more susceptible to cracking and breakage. For more information about this process and how our team can help, give us a call today.
How It Influences Function
In addition to causing damage, bruxism can lead to complications in oral function as well. You see, tightly clenching your teeth for so long can cause tension in the jaw, making it difficult for you to properly open your mouth. Not only does this make it difficult to enunciate certain letters or words, but it can lead to pain or discomfort when attempting to perform routine tasks such as biting or chewing. Contact our office today for more information.
Potential for Jaw Dysfunction
Finally, and arguably the most problematic of bruxism complications, is that it can lead to a dangerous jaw dysfunction known as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. This phenomenon occurs when the lower jaw becomes misaligned with either one or both of the TMJ’s at which it hinges to the cranium. Side effects including popping or clicking in the jaw, difficulty opening the mouth, and pain or discomfort.
Schedule Your Visit Today
Contact Ivan Lapidus DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA by calling 310-446-4867 to schedule your next appointment with our team and learn more about the ways you can be vigilant regarding your oral health.