Do you grind your teeth? If you answered no, there might be a chance you actually do and you're just not aware of it. Statistics from the National Sleep Foundation show that about 8 percent of adults grind their teeth while they sleep.

Known as bruxism, teeth grinding can present significant problems over time. Side effects of teeth grinding include jaw pain, wear and tear on the teeth, and jaw problems. Grinding your teeth at night can also cause headaches and ear pain. It may also physiologically change your appearance and make your face appear wider - weird, right?

Other effects include facial pain, a sore jaw and sensitivity when eating hot or cold foods. Many people who grind their teeth also suffer from cracks and fractures, and over time, the teeth become worn down.

Causes of bruxism include an unbalanced bite, poor posture and stress. But in most cases, the culprit is related to bite problems. Stress is also a major cause of teeth grinding, especially for women.

Another contributor to grinding your teeth is the use of antidepressants and genetics. Chronic sinus congestion can also contribute to tooth grinding - a natural reflex is to clench the jaw to try to clear the airway.

If you are struggling with grinding your teeth, or think that you are grinding your teeth at night, you should call Legends Dental for a consultation.

There are several treatment options available, such as splints and mouth guards. These devices are designed to keep the teeth apart to prevent damage caused by grinding.

Other options include dental correction to help correct problems with your bite. This may consist of orthodontics, oral appliances and dental crowns.

You can also reduce the chance of grinding your teeth by reducing stress. Some ways to stress and manage anxiety include meditation, yoga and exercise.

Other ways to help reduce the risk of grinding your teeth is by modifying your behaviors by improving your posture and focusing on nasal breathing versus breathing through your mouth.

Want to learn more about tooth grinding and how to stop it? Call Legends Dental at (254) 294-4040 today to schedule your consultation.

Covid-19

A NOTE TO OUR PATIENTS

The well-being of our patients has always been our top priority!

Legends Dental is following the recommendations of Governor Abbott, Texas State Dental Board, ADA, as well as the CDC. We will be limiting our services effective immediately. Due to recent circumstances and for the safety and well-being of our patients, their families, and our community, we will not be performing any routine or non-urgent dental procedures at this time.

Though our office hours have been temporarily shortened, our team will continue to support anyone who may be experiencing pain and all who require an Emergency Care Visit.

If you are experiencing a dental emergency or having pain, please text our office at (254)776-0691 or call (254)799-9540 so we may get you scheduled as quickly as possible. You can also message us on Facebook.

Examples of urgent dental care treatments include:
Severe dental pain from pulpal inflammation. Surgical postoperative osteitis or dry socket dressing changes. Abscess or localized bacterial infection resulting in localized pain and swelling. Tooth fracture resulting in pain or causing soft tissue trauma. Dental treatment cementation if the temporary restoration is lost, broken or causing gingival irritation. Extensive decay or defective restorations causing pain; suture removal; denture adjustments or repairs when function impeded; and snipping or adjustments of an orthodontic wire causing pain.

Additionally, our team is here to help those affected by cancellations. We will gladly assist with rescheduling to a time that is best for you. If you have an appointment that may be affected, or would like to reschedule regardless, please call (254)799-9540 or text (254)776-0691 so we may accommodate you.

We love all our patients and look forward to being able to serve all of your dental needs as soon as possible!! Thank you for you time and understanding during these circumstances.