Maintaining a healthy smile is so much more than oral hygiene and regular dental checkups.
It has just as much to do with your overall health, habits, and lifestyle.
Playing sports, biting your nails, or chewing your pencil can all put your smile at a greater risk for problems than someone who doesn’t do any of those things, for example.
You may also have habits that harm your teeth you aren’t even aware of, like bruxism.
Bruxism is a fancy term for teeth grinding, and because people are often asleep while it’s happening, your dentist will likely be the first to spot the signs of it.
If we see worn, chipped, or cracked teeth during your dental exam, we may suggest a custom mouthguard that you can wear at night to prevent teeth grinding and the premature wear and tear it can cause.
Check out today’s video to hear Dr. Lennon talk more about this habit and how an oral appliance can be a great help to your smile and your oral health.