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Dangers of Grinding Teeth


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BruxismDo you experience jaw pain throughout the day? Have you been noticing tightness in your jaw muscles and joints? If these symptoms sound familiar, you may suffer from teeth grinding, clinically known as bruxism. Teeth grinding is a condition in which the surfaces of your teeth grind against each other, usually while you are asleep. However, it is possible to suffer from teeth grinding during your waking hours. If you are a sleep grinder, you may not even realize that the condition afflicts you until you start to have side effects. If you’re concerned that you may grind your teeth, Houston dentist, Dr. Deborah Gennero is a consultation away.

Causes of Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding is one of those ailments where the medical community is able to speculate cause, but there are still question marks. Possibly caused by psychological issues which you are completely unaware of, there are physical reasons for teeth grinding as well. Some behaviors or issues most likely related to teeth grinding include anxiety, stress, heavy caffeine consumption, pent up anger or emotions, malocclusion (a misaligned bite), missing teeth, or a crooked smile. (more…)

Dealing with Horrible Headaches Caused by your TMJs


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TMJ HeadachesAre you one of the millions of people in the United States suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD)? Specific causes of this chronic condition of jaw joint inflammation are sometimes difficult to pinpoint. However, there’s no denying how detrimental the symptoms are to overall quality of life. One of the most commonly reported TMJ symptoms which Houston dentist, Dr. Deborah Gennero hears about from patients is headaches. Everyone has a tension headache from time to time, usually easily remedied by a little over-the-counter pain medication. Persistent, pervasive headaches, however (such as migraines) can stop your life cold and have you unable to get out of bed. If your TMJs are to blame, treatment will need to answer to that inflammation and jaw clenching if you want headaches to cease.

Defining TMJ Disorder

Headaches which begin from TMD often mimic other types of headaches (sinus, tension, or migraines). Properly diagnosing this disorder is difficult in some cases because of the many ways that TMJ pain can radiate to other seemingly unrelated parts of your body. A TMJ headache is triggered by a number of different things such as: (more…)

Teeth Grinding Tension Be Gone


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Teeth GrindingYou may not know the term “bruxism,” but you have most likely heard of teeth grinding. In fact, you’ve probably felt teeth grinding. Not everyone has a chronic issue with gnashing their teeth together, but stress, anger, and fear can all cause temporary teeth grinding. Sometimes subconscious bruxism occurs in your sleeping hours with no known cause. This can lead to serious consequences for your teeth over time if the condition is left untreated. Bruxism is an equal opportunity affliction with no clear explanation. Luckily, though, Katy dentist, Dr. Deborah Gennero can help patients dealing with teeth grinding through education and treatment. (more…)

Houston TX Children’s Dentist Says Teeth Grinding Is Common in Kids


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child-sleeping-1-300x200Have you discovered that your child has a teeth grinding habit? Are you worried that your child’s teeth are being damaged night after night during sleep? If so, you may be interested to know that teeth grinding (bruxism) rarely receives treatment in children. Read below as your Houston TX dentist, Dr. Deborah Gennero, explains why bruxism treatment is rare for kids. (more…)

Bruxism Causes Jaw Pain, Says Houston Dentist


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shutterstock_104312840-300x216Do you have inexplicable jaw pain throughout the day or feel tightness in your jaw muscles and joints? If these symptoms relate to you, you may suffer from teeth grinding, medically termed as bruxism. Teeth grinding is a condition in which your teeth grind against each other while you sleep, although, it is possible to suffer from daytime teeth grinding. Typically, those who grind their teeth don’t even realize they’re doing it, until problems arise. If you’re concerned that you may have bruxism, your Houston dentist can help.

Factors Worsening Your Bruxism

Oftentimes, teeth grinding is caused by psychological issues that you’re completely unaware of or perhaps even physical issues you didn’t find problematic. These include:

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Caffeine intake
  • Unresolved anger
  • Abnormal bite
  • Missing or crooked teeth

Signs of Teeth Grinding

At the consultation, the doctor can determine whether you’re prone to grinding your teeth. Evidence of bruxism is apparent when teeth and enamel seem worn down, chipped, cracked, or flattened. Alongside headaches and joint pain, teeth grinding also increases sensitivity. To stop further damage to your teeth, the dentist will advise a mouthguard. With continuous wear of your nightguard, your teeth won’t endure more damage and the healing process can begin.

For dental restorations, your Houston dentist can use dental bonding to correct any chips. However, if your teeth have extensive injuries, you may need a permanent solutions such as veneers or crowns.

Visit Dr. Gennero for an Analysis

If believe the jaw pain you’ve been experiencing is an indication of teeth grinding, then visit your 77084 dentist. She can examine your mouth and teeth to confirm your suspicions and begin a treatment plan immediately. To schedule an appointment, call our office at (281) 578-6200. You can also visit our website to view our services, print patient forms, and learn tips about everyday dental care. Dr. Gennero and our friendly staff gladly treat patients in Clear Lake, The Woodlands, Katy, Sugarland, and surrounding cities.

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