Bruxism or grinding of your teeth can cause periodontal problems. Sounds odd, however, bruxism is an abnormal force on teeth. An analogy that often helps patients see what is happening: if you place a pole in the ground and rock it back and forth, the dirt around the pole will spread out. The same thing happens when you grind, only the teeth loose bone and the gum recedes. Hygenists will notice that some bruxers bleed when they have their teeth cleaned even if there is no plaque! Why is this? Bruxism “rocks” the teeth and when this occurs the ligaments around the teeth can become “mushy” as opposed to firm and bacteria can invade this area and cause gum disease, lead to bone loss, and gum recession as well.
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Many of these bruxers may have TMJ issues or even sleep apnea issues. In overview, bruxism and grinding cause multiple health problems and are the window to know that other issues are occuring. If you have any questions about Houston TMJ or Houston Dental Sleep Appliances, or Houston Cosmetic Dentistry, please feel free to call our office, Ronald W. Konig DDS, FAGD, LVIF 713-668-2289