Why Is Teeth Grinding Bad for You?

Many people think that teeth grinding or clenching isn’t causing harm just because there’s no pain or symptoms. But what they don’t know is that if they do not opt for treatment and preventative care for Bruxism (teeth grinding), it can significantly impact your dental health and the well-being of your entire body.

Here are some of the many ways that Bruxism can damage your health:

Tooth Enamel Erosion


Teeth clenching and grinding can wear off and erode your tooth’s enamel – teeth protecting shield. Once it erodes, your teeth will face an increased risk of decay and higher sensitivity to hot and cold foods/drinks.

Tooth Loss &Fractured Teeth


Teeth grinding and clenching for a long time can lead to tooth fractures and even tooth loss. Constant, rutted stress on teeth can or even force your teeth to become dislodged. It can be excruciating and make simple tasks like eating, speaking, and chewing difficult.

Receded Gums


If you tend to grind or clench your teeth while sleeping, know that you are exerting a lot of force against not just your teeth but even your gums that will eventually lead to gum recession. Gum recession is not only a painful condition, but it can even lead to the formation of ‘gum pockets’ that harbor bacteria and cause tooth decay or loss.

Short, Uneven Teeth


If you grind or clench your teeth, with the time you will notice that your teeth are uneven and getting short in length. This is particularly detrimental to your bite. Moreover, it can lead to other problems such as headache, toothache, an awkward smile, etc.

Though teeth grinding can be a damaging condition, but fortunately, it can be prevented and treated with proper care and treatment. The experts at Carolina Smiles Family Dentistry can provide you the best solutions for Bruxism. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call us at (803) 310-4707