Your mouth, just like the rest of your body, is comprised of several interconnected systems. When one component of your oral health suffers, the other systems are likely to fall under siege. This interconnected relationship is especially true with periodontal disease and bruxism. If you suffer from either or both of these conditions, it is important to visit Dr. Trujillo, your periodontist in Phoenix.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is an infection in the structures that support your teeth. Periodontal disease is common but serious; if left untreated it can lead to tooth loss and serious health problems. Periodontal disease requires professional treatment, especially after the infection has created deep pockets below the gum line.
What is bruxism?
Bruxism is the involuntary grinding, clenching, or gnashing of teeth which may occur unconsciously during the day or while you’re asleep. Bruxism results in weakened and worn down teeth, tired and sore jaws, and increased tooth sensitivity. Although bruxism may be a result of a number or different conditions, stress is the most common cause.
How are bruxism and periodontal disease related?
Bruxism can seriously exacerbate existing periodontal disease, making the gums more vulnerable to attack. The force from clenching and grinding can damage the teeth’s supporting tissues, deepening periodontal pockets and loosening teeth. A patient without gum disease is at greater risk of developing it, and a patient with gum disease will see the infection spread more quickly than average.
If you experience either bruxism or periodontal disease, it is important to seek professional help quickly, as both conditions cause more damage the longer they’re allowed to continue. A common treatment for bruxism is a mouth guard, which is designed to stop nighttime teeth grinding. Periodontal disease can be treated with scaling and root planing or laser gum surgery.
Taking care of both your teeth and gums is essential for total oral wellness. Come to the Arizona Periodontal Group and let us show you how periodontal care can improve your overall smile. Make an appointment today!