Grinding your teeth during sleep, also known a bruxism, could be very damaging to your enamel, weakening it to the point that it becomes a serious dental concern. There are many reasons why bruxism occurs. One of the main causes is stress but it can also be linked to a misaligned bite. This causes a tension in the jaw muscles, which is released by subconscious grinding.
Constant teeth grinding will eventually begin to loosen and weaken tooth enamel. This is the hard protective coating around the outside of your teeth. Tooth enamel does not grow back so once it is gone, it is gone forever. Enamel is the main defence against tooth decay, acting as a barrier against plaque and bacterial acid which threatens the sensitive inner parts of the teeth. If the enamel is thinned by grinding, it takes far less bacteria and plaque to start causing serious tooth decay. This could result in great pain and the need for expensive dental treatment.
Misalignment of the jaw, leading to bite complications can often be caused by stress or even a physical trauma. In other cases it is just the result of a genetic predisposition. In most cases, your City of London dentist maybe able to take steps to realign the jaw but at the very least they could provide you with a mouth guard to protect your teeth during teeth. This appliance, usually made of rubber or other absorbent material, prevents the teeth from grinding against each other and eroding the enamel.
If you or your child suffer from grinding teeth, make an appointment to see your dentist. They will be able to repair any damage caused by bruxism and provide you with the means to stop any further damage.