Dentist Allentown, PA
George F. Carr, D.M.D.
1259 South Cedar Crest Blvd.
Allentown, PA 18103

610-776-7760

DENTAL PROBLEMS
 Abscessed Tooth
 Bad Breath (halitosis)
 Bulimia Nervosa
 Canker/Cold Sores
 Cavities and Tooth Decay
 Toothaches
 Diabetes
 Dry Mouth
 Fluorosis
 Gum Disease (Gingivitis)
 Oral Cancer
 Plaque
 Sensitive Teeth
 Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)
 Jaw Disorders

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Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)
Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)
Teeth grinding, also called bruxism, is often viewed as a harmless, though annoying, habit. Some people develop bruxism from an inability to deal with stress or anxiety.

However, teeth grinding can literally transform your bite relationship and worse, severely damage your teeth and jaws over long periods of time.

Teeth grinding can cause abrasion to the chewing surfaces of your teeth. This abnormal wear and tear will prematurely age and loosen your teeth, and open them to problems such as hypersensitivity (from the small cracks that form, exposing your dentin.) Bruxism can also lead to chronic jaw and facial pain, as well as headaches.

If no one has told you that you grind your teeth, here are a few clues that you may suffer from bruxism:
  • Your jaw is often sore, or you hear popping sounds when you open and close your mouth.
  • Your teeth look abnormally short or worn down.
  • You notice small dents on the border of your tongue.
Bruxism is treatable. A common therapy involves use of a special appliance worn while sleeping. This appliance decreases tooth contact and prevent future fracture and tooth pain.