Why Is Tooth Grinding Harmful?
Jaw pain or dull headaches are common, unpleasant signs of bruxism. Left untreated, grinding your teeth can also have devastating effects on your oral health:
• Worn tooth enamel and increased tooth sensitivity
• Tooth damage, including chipped teeth or fractured teeth
• Loose teeth
• Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Some people refer to TMD as TMJ, which actually refers to the Temporomandibular Joint, not the disorders of the joint which grinding and clenching your teeth can cause.
Aside from the damage it can do to your teeth, nighttime bruxism is considered a sleep-related movement disorder, and can make you more likely to have other sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It can also cause sleep disruptions for you, such as jaw pain, as well as your partner, since they may be able to hear the sounds of your teeth grinding.
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