The Dangers of Grinding | Erik Marksberry DDS

Coon Rapids Dentist

Teeth grinding, or bruxism, is a common habit that many people develop without even realizing it. However, grinding your teeth can lead to various issues. If you or your child are experiencing teeth grinding, it’s essential to seek assistance. At Summit Dental Care, Dr. Erik Marksberry DDS and our team are here to help assess the damage and find solutions. Here’s what you should know about teeth grinding.

Why Do We Grind Our Teeth?
Teeth grinding can have multiple causes, including stress, anxiety, an improper bite, or sleep disorders. Misaligned teeth can rub against each other while biting or chewing, leading to grinding. Additionally, research in the Journal of the American Dental Association suggests that smoking and alcohol consumption can increase the likelihood of bruxism.

The Effects of Teeth Grinding
Grinding wears down teeth, causing damage, increased sensitivity, and even loose teeth. Like bones, teeth can crack or fracture due to grinding, and it can also flatten teeth from constant rubbing. Beyond dental damage, teeth grinding can lead to jaw pain and headaches, especially upon waking up with a sore, tired jaw.

How We Can Help
If you’re dealing with teeth grinding, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us. We’ll assess the damage and work with you to find a solution to keep your teeth healthy. Depending on the severity, we may recommend wearing a mouthguard at night to prevent teeth from pressing against each other. Addressing stress and anxiety is also crucial, as they are common causes of bruxism in adults.

Don’t wait until teeth grinding leads to pain and sensitivity. Contact Summit Dental Care to schedule an evaluation and treatment plan. Our professional dental team, led by Dr. Erik Marksberry DDS, will work with you to identify the cause and protect your teeth from further damage.

For more information on maintaining strong and healthy teeth, please reach out to our office. We’re here to assist you!

Summit Dental Care of Coon Rapids
Phone: 763-757-4170
10756 Butternut St NW,
Coon Rapids, MN 55448