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.

Reviews

3 months ago

Look No Further!

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!

2 months ago

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

2 months ago

Simply the Best

As always I have the best experience at my dentists office!! Thank you 😊

Anthony Delos Santos

5 months ago

Finally, Honest Dentist in La Habra, CA

Very friendly and welcoming staff during my visit, Dr. Cho addressed all my issues and concerns in a professional manner.

Claud Collins

4 months ago

Excellent Staff

Best dentist around I have been going to this dentist for about 25 years or more they have a great staff to.thanks for being so helpful

Lindsay Weatherford

9 months ago

Thank you Dr. Cho!

Dr. Cho has been my dentist for about a year, after my family and I relocated to the area last year. Very recently I experienced tremendous tooth pain in one of my back molars. I called the office a...

Veronica Ramírez

6 months ago

Great Office!

New patient for examination and cleaning: Arrived early 11:48 am for 12:00pm appointment, had paperwork filled out by 12:01, called to the back at 12:16. Had full x- rays, photographs -in my opinion unnecessary - and a panoramic x-ray - which was a bad image as the bottom half of the image was obstructed by the lead apron. The dentist exam included deep poking of gums to check for gum pockets, heavy hands noted toward the back teeth which resulted in bleeding - I brush and floss regularly and never bleed from flossing, however, dentist recommendation was “gum treatment, ” which is essentially a deep cleaning under local anesthesia in all 4 quadrants, this is not fully covered by the insurance, I was quoted $600 out of pocket. I declined stating “I will not pay that.” The regular cleaning was not performed as I declined the deep cleaning, no other option. Just felt like the deep cleaning should be reserved for people with symptomatic gum disease, including symptoms such as bleeding or red gums - both of which I do not experience. I’m definitely getting a second opinion and recommend always getting a second opinion if a dentist readily “recommends” a “gum treatment” on the very first visit, which may be unnecessary and lead to unwarranted invasive treatment with possible complications.

Alejandra Barquero

4 months ago

Dr. Cho is Awesome

I visited Dr.Cho’s office after reading amazing yelp reviews. I was extremely hesitant to make an appointment at first due to my bad history with other dentists but now I am so glad I did. The front...

John H.

7 days ago

We Love Dr. Cho

Great Dentist!

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.

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