Risk Factors for Gum Disease: Grinding Teeth

Today we continue our series on the risk factors associated with gum disease. We are committed to help preserve your smile and that means taking excellent care of your gums for life! In addition to tobacco use, medications, and stress, another risk factor for periodontal disease stems from the habit of grinding your teeth.

Clenching or grinding your teeth can put excess force on the supporting tissues of the teeth like the gums and jaw. When periodontal disease begins, this force could speed up the rate these periodontal tissues are destroyed. There are several dental solutions for the grinding of teeth, such as a mouth guard that can be worn at night.

Your gums and the future of your smile depend on your ability to plan proactively for your dental health. If you have questions about periodontal disease and medications, contact Dr. Maryam Brazdo today!