Going to the dentist regularly is important to ensure that an individual's teeth are not being damaged. There are many common oral health problems that people will ignore for months, not realizing that they can lead to greater concerns. For example, the Mayo Clinic states that bruxism,or teeth grinding, can cause facial pain, tension headaches and cracked teeth.
Recently, CNN pointed out another concern regarding teeth grinding, which is interrupted sleep. The news source spoke to Lisa Shives, M.D., the founder of Northshore Sleep Medicine in Illinois, who said that bruxism can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea.
"If you are - or suspect you are - a grinder, see your dentist to evaluate if there is any damage to your teeth. A visit to a sleep specialist is warranted if there are other symptoms," said Shives, quoted by the news source.
This is a problem that can be dealt with by talking to the dentist. Many people may not even realize they have an issue with teeth grinding, and a dental health professional can let people know that they are experiencing bruxism before pain symptoms develop.
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