Category: Bruxism

Teeth are not the Best Thing to Grind

Teeth Grinding DudeGrind coffee. Grind spices. Deal with the grind of going to work every day. But for goodness sake, don’t grind your teeth. Unfortunately, this may be easier said than done, as teeth grinding (clinically known as bruxism) afflicts many Americans. Even 38% of children grind their teeth. Luckily, they often outgrow the condition without treatment. Adults with bruxism may not fair quite so well. Teeth, mouth, and jaw damage are strong possibilities when you grind teeth. Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson doesn’t want you to feel badly about your bruxism, however. For many people, teeth grinding occurs subconsciously, and often while you are completely asleep.

Teeth Grinding Pitfalls

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When to Wear a Dental Mouthpiece

Discovering Bruxism

sore jaw 4Do you grind your teeth? If you said “no,” are you positive about that? Oftentimes, people grind their teeth during their sleep without realizing it. In fact, some people have been unfortunate enough to discover a bruxism (teeth grinding) habit only when a tooth breaks. Thus, it is important to know the symptoms of bruxism so that if you are grinding your teeth, your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, can provide you with a dental mouthpiece to protect your teeth. Some of the most common symptoms of bruxism are frequent sensitivities in teeth, and a sore jaw. It is also pretty common for the jaw to pop or click when it opens and closes when bruxism occurs frequently. In addition to these symptoms, bruxism may be identified visually, which is why it is important to attend regular dental visits to your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Johnson. Bruxism may leave teeth looking flattened or worn down, signs which Dr. Johnson can identify through visual inspection of your teeth.

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Des Moines IA Dentist Describes the Dangers of Teeth Grinding

asleep 4Did you know that a staggering 38 percent of children grind their teeth? Surprisingly, though, it is not children who most commonly receive treatment for bruxism (teeth grinding). In fact, most children outgrow their bruxism habits around age six, before any significant damage can occur to their teeth. Thus, it is not children but adults who are at a greater risk of damaging their teeth with a teeth grinding habit. To learn more about the dangers of teeth grinding, read the following information from your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson.

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Des Moines IA Dentist May Have Relief for Your Headaches

headache 4Does it seem like you are always dealing with a headache? If so, you could be suffering from a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Active, but rather delicate, the TMJs are located on either side of the face just below and forward of the earlobes. These joints control the opening and closing of the mouth, but respond poorly to strain, which is the cause of TMJ disorders. To learn more about the connection between TMJ disorders and headaches, read the following information from your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson.

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Des Moines IA Dentist: Do You Grind Your Teeth?

man sleepingDid you know that you could be damaging your teeth without realizing it? Many people grind their teeth during their sleep without knowing that they do so. Unfortunately, not knowing means no treatment, which can turn into major damages to teeth and the jaw. To learn more about teeth grinding (bruxism) and the dental mouthpiece that can treat it, read the information below from your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson.

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MapValley Ridge Family Dental
6150 Village View Drive, #109,
West Des Moines, IA, 50266
Phone: 515.223.9764
After-hours emergency: 515.423.0445
Fax: 515.327.6230

Office Hours

Monday: 8 am-5 pm
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 8 am-5 pm
Thursday: 7:30 am- 1:30 pm
Friday: 7:30 am-4:30 pm