Dr. Gandhi’s patients often have questions about how various oral health conditions are related, and this one is one of the most common. Many people mistakenly believe that the link between the two is an urban legend, but the fact is that bruxism can very directly lead to gum disease in at-risk patients. Does it always happen? No. It does happen often enough that the link has been researched and established. Here’s how it works.
What Grinding Teeth Does to Your Mouth
You probably already know that grinding your teeth is really bad for your mouth. It leads to oral pain and even tooth damage. In extreme cases, it can cause teeth to fracture from the impact and the pressure. Often, when the grinding becomes severe it will loosen the teeth in their sockets. This loosening can cause empty pockets to form as the teeth move around.
Periodontal Pockets and Gum Disease
These pockets are not a big problem on their own. If your bruxism is treated, they will eventually go away as the teeth settle and the gum tissue re-solidifies around them. If the grinding continues and the pockets stay open, though, they can become a breeding ground for periodontal disease. The worst part is that since these pockets are hidden, the disease can progress without being noticed until it has compromised a significant amount of tissue.
Fight Gum Disease—Treat Your Grinding
One of the reasons Dr. Gandhi stresses the early treatment of grinding and the regular use of aids to prevent its recurrence is to minimize the opportunities for gum disease to take hold. The longer you ignore symptoms of bruxism, the harder it will be to be sure you don’t have to worry about periodontal pockets in the future. If your grinding is advanced, call today to get an appointment at our Dallas, TX office; and start working on preserving your healthy mouth.Talk to US About an Appointment