Are you a serious nail biter? Not only is the bad habit making you more susceptible to germs that travel from your fingers to your mouth, nail biting is also putting you at risk for teeth grinding, or bruxism.
And, if left untreated, bruxism can lead to a host of other painful health problems — including headaches, broken teeth, and a TMJ disorder
Nail-biting and Bruxism
Bruxism can occur both while you are unconscious and while you are conscious; that is, while you are asleep and when you are awake. It may happen as a reaction to stress and anxiety, but it can be difficult to determine the precise cause of bruxism.
If you bite your nails, you may be more prone to develop bruxism. Those who chew on other items, such as pencils, may also face this increased risk.
Nail-biting can also have complications of its own, such as damage to the gums or teeth.
Health Problems Related to Bruxism
Bruxism can lead to any of the following issues:
- Worn down tooth enamel, which can cause sensitivity
- Jaw pain and headaches
- Receding gums
- Broken teeth
- Jaw misalignment
If you are experiencing any of these issues, talk to us about a possible case of bruxism. Some people are also told by their partners that they are grinding their teeth while sleeping.
The effects of bruxism may require their own treatments, such as dental work to replace broken teeth. However, the underlying condition also needs to be treated to prevent further damage.
Treatment for Teeth Grinding
We commonly recommend mouth guards for bruxism patients. These will protect you if you start grinding your teeth unconsciously.
Remember, bruxism can lead to more serious medical issues if it is left untreated. Consult us immediately to determine the cause of your bruxism and to prevent dental damage and other issues.
Get help preventing damage from teeth grinding or correcting issues caused by bruxism calling Pasadena Pain Management today: 626-773-8333, or schedule your appointment online.
About Pasadena Pain Management
Pasadena Pain Management offers pain management treatment for TMJ/TMD, migraine, headaches and neck pain in Pasadena, CA. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Pasadena Pain Management, we offer the exclusive TruDenta treatment therapy — a highly specialized form of care that involves cutting-edge dental technology, without needles or injections. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable pain management care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping our patients happy and pain free.