Healthy Mouth Tips

Everyone occasionally grinds or clenches their teeth. Stress, anxiety, and worry are often linked with clenching and grinding, and when it only happens periodically, your teeth can withstand this pressure.

Bruxism, however, is a condition in which teeth grinding and clenching happen frequently, and it can be traumatic to your teeth. Many people who struggle with bruxism clench and grind while they sleep and can suffer a variety of consequences.

Fortunately, Kenneth Cho, your dentist in La Habra, CA, has options to help treat grinding so you can avoid these serious problems:

1. Worn down teeth

Over time, the pressure from grinding your teeth will cause the structure of the tooth to erode. When this happens, your teeth become sensitive and more prone to cavities and infection. Plus, your bite can change, which leads to a whole host of other uncomfortable problems.

1. Worn down teeth

The excessive wear and tear can cause your teeth to actually break. Some teeth split while others break into chunks. Depending on the breakage, we may be able to treat a fracture with a crown, but sometimes broken teeth have to be extracted.

3. Headaches and jaw pain

Many people struggle with constant pain associated with clenching and grinding. The pressure is linked to migraines and can also be a factor in the development of temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ/TMD).

4. Gum recession

Constant grinding is associated with gum recession and periodontal disease. Gum recession causes your teeth to look longer as the gums pull back. This leads to sensitivity and an increased risk of cavities. Additionally, the pockets created by recession provide a home for bacteria, which can lead to a chronic periodontal infection.

5. Sleep disruption

The noise, sensation, and discomfort from clenching and grinding can negatively impact your sleep. And it’s not just your sleep that is affected – your partner may also be struggling! Problems sleeping can lead to moodiness, increased risk of accidents, and troubles at work. If your partner’s sleep is affected, you may find that you are no longer able to share a bedroom, which can impact your relationship.

You don’t have to put up with these problems. An NTI appliance holds your teeth apart while you sleep to prevent grinding and all of its implications. Call today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Kenneth Cho to see if this is a treatment solution for you.


Airam Adenipes

a year ago

Look No Further!

From Dr. Cho and his friendly staff they are all amazing. The office is very modern and clean.Highly recommended guys!!

Alain Gomez

10 months ago

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I have been going to Dr. Cho Dentistry for over 20 years since I was a teenager, and now I take my whole family there. The staff is great and Dr. Cho is a true professional. Highly recommended!

Dawn Gries

2 months ago

Simply the Best

Great staff. Clean office. Dr. Cho his gentle and explains everything well. You actually won't mind going to the dentist!

Yolanda Sanchez

5 months ago

Finally, Honest Dentist in La Habra, CA

Btw this is my 1st time even making a review!! This was my 1st time coming in with Dr. Cho office and I can say is the best dentist service I have ever had in a long time!! The staff was nice and frie...

Dawn Gries

2 months ago

Excellent Staff

Awesome staff! Great service! Gentle dentist! Assistant Candice is the best!!

Danielle Verduzco

7 months ago

Thank you Dr. Cho!

Dr. Cho has been my dentist for almost 13 years now and I can't complain. He is an amazing dentist. He talks to you in a manner that allows you to understand what he sees and what he's doing. He liste...

Susie Mora

5 days ago

Great Office!

Dr. Cho is definitely the best. He was very informative. And his staff were very friendly and welcoming. I highly recommend this place.

Bill Gogin

2 months ago

Dr. Cho is Awesome

My dentist of 17 years passed away due to a surgical problem, and I was forced to look for a new dentist. My old dentist had been like a guiding light to me, not only on my dental needs but also in m...

Rita B.

3 months ago

We Love Dr. Cho

I am so glad I found Dr. Cho. He is hand down the best dentist I have had. He is very kind and soft spoken and extremely skilled in his profession. I got...

Lisa W., Patient

Great personal care

Dr. Kenneth Cho is a dentist that we trust. My family and I have been going to his office for 20+ years. He was the first dentist for both of my children (now collage age), and they still go to him. He can take care of every need for oral health including braces. No need to go from place to place, and everyone in the office is friendly and helpful.