Sleep is the body's chance to repair the damage that happens during the day. The body has an amazing ability to fix itself. It also has the ability to cause problems.
Some of the problems happen while you sleep. One place where damage occurs while you sleep is your teeth. There are several ways this can happen and there are things you can do to protect your teeth.
The Dangers of Teeth Grinding
The biggest danger to your teeth while sleeping is teeth grinding or bruxism. This can damage the teeth in a variety of ways. Broken, chipped or cracked teeth often result from teeth grinding. Worn teeth are another problem. Over time, grinding can lead to tooth decay, lost teeth and gum disease.
The best form of protection for bruxism and teeth grinding is a mouthguard. These are custom fit guards that do not let the grinding damage the teeth. They have one big drawback. They only work if you wear them every night.
Use a Nightly Routine
Whether you grind your teeth or not, the nightly routine you follow for the care of your teeth is another form of protection. Brush and floss your teeth before you go to bed. You can also use a mouthwash at this time too. Do not eat after cleaning your teeth. It is important to follow this routine and to do it correctly if you want to prevent any damage to your teeth while you sleep.
Failing to follow this routine allows the debris that is on your teeth and gums from the day's activities to remain on the teeth. This allows bacteria to grow and plaque and tartar to form. Eventually, this can lead to tooth decay, cavities and gum disease.
Your adult teeth are supposed to last a lifetime. Following a few simple habits can help make that happen. They do not require much time or effort and they will reward you.
For more information about how to take care of your teeth, contact our offices today.
Christopher D. Kooning DMD, PC (503) 673-9097
15962 Boones Ferry Rd, Suite 105 Lake Oswego, OR97035