Are You Ruining Your Smile In Your Sleep?

We all know that there are some habits that are harmful to teeth. Smoking, eating lots of candy, and not brushing will definitely cause problems. But did you know that your smile could be suffering from a habit that you're not even aware of?

Dr. Sarah Thompson of Dream Dentist can help you debunk this mystery!

What is Bruxism?

The unconscious habit of clenching and grinding (moving your jaw from side to side while keeping your teeth clenched together) is known as bruxism. It is usually a result of stress, and it most often happens at night while you're asleep. People tend to experience episodes of bruxism as a result of other factors. It's not usually a lifelong habit. Children are more likely to go through phases of teeth grinding than older adults are.

How Grinding and Clenching Affect Your Smile

A bruxism habit can enlarge your chewing muscles and put a lot of strain on your TMJ. The enamel on the chewing surface of your teeth can be worn down. Valuable dental work can also be irreparably damaged.

Do You Suffer from Bruxism?

Signs that you grind your teeth may include:

  • A sore jaw when you first wake up
  • Visibly worn teeth
  • New popping or clicking noises in your jaw

The best way to know for sure is to visit a dental office for a professional evaluation.

What You Can Do

A night guard might be just what you need to save your smile! A customized mouth guard that's worn at night could protect your teeth from the stress of unconsciously clenching them together. To find out whether a night guard is right for you, call today to schedule a consultation with Dream Dentist.

Dream Dentist
1646 W U.S. 50
O'Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 726-2699