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Did you know you can harm your smile while you sleep? Dangerous nighttime habits can destroy your teeth and your smile at the same time. The two most common practices that can damage your teeth are grinding and clenching.

Grinding Your Teeth

Bruxism is the term used for teeth grinding. It is characterized by moving your jaw with your teeth held together. Consistent nighttime grinding of your teeth can damage your teeth and your oral health. Bruxism can be the result of a variety of conditions. Stress and anxiety can cause you to grind your teeth together while you’re sleeping without you even knowing it’s happening. Grinding can also occur if you have an abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth. Lastly, it can be caused by a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea. Teeth grinding can result in tooth fracturing, loosening, or loss of your tooth. It can also wear teeth down to stumps.

Clenching Your Teeth

Clenching your teeth is also considered to be Bruxism. Clenching involves holding your teeth together while tightening your jaw. This nighttime behavior generally results in less visible wear on your teeth, but it still has the potential to create substantial muscular jaw soreness, pain and eventual damage to your jaw joint. Stress and anxiety can also be the cause of this harmful activity.

A Solution For Your Smile

Our dental professionals, Dr. Wisner, and Dr. Forehand, at Peninsula Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, offer you a solution for your harmful nighttime habits. We will fit you with a protective night guard that will protect your teeth, jaw, and your smile.

Call and schedule your appointment with Peninsula Cosmetic & Family Dentistry today.

Posted on behalf of Peninsula Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

538 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407

Phone: (843) 507-5481
FAX: (843) 577-4653

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Dr. James B. Wisner

Dr. James B. Wisner was raised in Charleston and attended Porter-Gaud High School. He graduated from The Honors College at The University of South Carolina in 1996 and received his D.M.D. degree in 2002 from the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Dental Medicine. Dr. Wisner served in Las Vegas, Nevada and Spangdahlem, Germany…

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Dr. Caitlin McPherson

Dr. Caitlin McPherson was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. A graduate of Porter Gaud High School, she went on to receive her Bachelors of Science from Clemson University’s Calhoun Honors College. Dr. McPherson earned her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Dental Medicine. She is an…

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Dr. Luke E. Severance

Dr. Luke E. Severance believes dentistry goes far beyond just treating teeth – it’s about building lasting relationships and making a genuine difference in the lives of his patients. Dr. Severance was raised in Florence, South Carolina and graduated with summa cum laude from the University of South Carolina. He went on to receive his…

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Phone: (843) 507-5481
FAX: (843) 577-4653

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