Grinding is when you rub your top and bottom teeth together back and forth. This puts a lot of pressure on your teeth and can wear down the enamel. Clenching is when you tightly press your top and bottom teeth together without moving them. This also puts pressure on your teeth, which can lead to cracks or chips in the enamel. Nail biting involves using your front teeth to bite off pieces of fingernails or toenails. This habit not only wears down the enamel but also exposes the tooth's inner layers, which are more susceptible to decay. All these habits can lead to an increased risk for cavities, sensitivity issues, gum problems, as well as headaches or jaw pain due to excessive stress placed upon jaw muscles.
Treatment For Teeth Damage Caused By Grinding, Clenching, And Nail-biting
It's essential to take care of your teeth and seek treatment when necessary to prevent further damage. If you have noticed any signs of tooth damage caused by grinding, clenching, or nail biting, schedule an appointment with your dentist. Treatment options include restorative dental services like dental bonding or veneers. Wearing a mouthguard while sleeping protects your teeth from further damage caused by grinding and clenching.