Bruxism, more commonly referred to as teeth grinding or jaw clenching, is a chronic and potentially serious condition that affects anywhere from 8% to 31% of the US population. It may seem like merely a bad habit that could easily be kicked and like something that couldn't do much damage anyway.
You may be suffering negative impacts to your oral health due to bruxism, the technical dental term for chronic, habitual teeth grinding. You may not even be aware that you are grinding your teeth, but there are signs that can indicate you are doing so during sleep.
There are over 40 million U.S. adults who suffer from some form of tooth sensitivity, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. Normally, this sensitivity is only temporary, coming and going, and consists in sharp, sudden pains that affect the sensitive tooth's nerve endings. The pain may be cause by contact with hot or cold foods, sweet foods, anything with high acid content, or even just contact with the air.
Prior to visiting your periodontist, it’s important to think about the details of the pain that you’re experiencing. This will make it much easier to get to the root of the problem and begin treatment that will end your discomfort. Depending on your symptoms, there’s a wide variety of possible causes, so it’s important to be as specific and detailed as possible when describing the pain you’re experiencing.
Your tooth enamel is the hardest tissue in the human body, but that doesn’t mean that it’s impervious to damage. Once damage has occurred, there’s no way to repair tooth enamel, so it’s important to do what you can to prevent damage in the first place.