How Bruxism Impacts Gum Disease

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Bruxism is a condition where one tends to clench and grind their teeth involuntarily, while asleep or awake during the day. It is common in young children but adults can also be affected.

The condition is a concern to dental practitioners around the world since it has a significant impact on your oral and overall health. If you notice you have Bruxism you need to get treated as soon as possible to prevent dental complications in the future.

Pressure on the Teeth

Bruxism subjects the teeth to ten times more pressure than when chewing food. Our teeth can become worn out due to friction and nature has designed it in such a way that they only have to touch while you are eating.

The pressure that results from grinding teeth will eventually wear down the tooth enamel. This can result in tooth sensitivity and even accelerate tooth decay. The grinding action also makes your teeth vulnerable to chipping and cracking. A fracture can expose the inner part of the tooth and cause an infection which can be expensive to treat.

Impact on Gums

The amount of pressure that is exerted on the tooth also has an impact on the gums. The action of teeth grinding tends to irritate the gums and can cause an inflammation.

It is this inflammation that if left untreated will lead to gum diseases. One of the conditions common with people suffering from Bruxism is receding gums.

This is where inflammation causes pockets to be formed along the gum line. These pockets facilitate the growth of bacteria that cause gum disease. The teeth can become loose and can even fall off as a result.

Receding gums will also cause sensitivity to hot and acidic foods, making it hard to take your favorite foods and beverages. Call us today, will be glad to answer any of your questions related to oral health.