“The edges of my teeth are worn down and some are even chipped! How do I stop this?”
Bruxism, more commonly know as teeth grinding, sounds like the root of this problem. The more your teeth grind together, the easier it is for your teeth to become loose or fractured. Generally bruxism is corrected through the use of a mouth guard that can be worn at night when you are most susceptible to unintentional teeth grinding. A frequent cause of this condition is stress or anxiety, but it can also be caused by a misalignment of your bite or missing/crooked teeth.
Sleep apnea is another cause of teeth grinding and is a more serious problem that requires attention from a dentist. Sleep apnea is a condition in which the sufferer stops breathing for a short period during sleep, anywhere from several seconds or several minutes depending on severity. This leads to hypoxia (lack of oxygen) in the body, meaning that vital organs like the brain aren’t getting enough oxygen. Dr. Carter specializes in treating patients with sleep apnea, and she and her team are a great resource if you have questions about the condition or are seeking treatment.
Don’t know if you grind your teeth? If you experience any jaw soreness or a headache after waking up, it’s likely that you do. Getting fitted for a mouth guard is easy and pain-free, and it can lead to relief from jaw pain and a better night’s sleep.