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If you’re interested in protecting your oral health, you might know there are a few simple things you should do. For example, you may know that you should brush and floss daily and that you should set up regular appointments with our team. However, would you be surprised to hear that other common habits, such as teeth grinding, can actually impact the health of your teeth?

Sadly, many people don’t even know that they grind their teeth because they do it while they’re asleep. If you’re told that you make strange noises while you sleep, or you have headaches or jaw pain, you could be dealing with bruxism. Sadly, if you don’t address teeth grinding, you may be more likely to have issues like sleep apnea. Similarly, grinding can damage your teeth and your gums.

Luckily, there are several things you can do to prevent teeth grinding. If you grind your teeth when you’re awake, you may be able to stop on your own. If you know you grind your teeth but can’t stop on your own, you may need professional help. If you grind your teeth at night, we’ll examine your teeth and address any issues that could cause bruxism. We might also recommend a custom mouth guard to help you cope with your teeth grinding.

Do you have more questions about dealing with bruxism in Charlotte, North Carolina? Are you hoping to schedule a time to meet with our dentist, Dr. Derek C. Barnes? If so, please feel free to give Derek C. Barnes, DMD a call at 704-849-6700. We’re eager to receive your call.