Teeth move while you are asleep. Many people do not know this fact. Read on about the phenomenon to learn why it happens.
Why Do Teeth Shift Whenever We Are Asleep?
Teeth may shift while you sleep for one of various reasons. The most common reason for shifting involves a condition known as bruxism, also known as teeth grinding. Most people do not know they grind their teeth when sleeping, but may discover they do after being diagnosed. Not only can the condition cause the teeth to shift, it can also erode the enamel. Your sleeping position can also lead to shifting teeth. Burying your head in your pillow may cause your teeth to move. Try to turn your head slightly so your jaw does not completely at rest on the pillow. Poor dental care and the aging process can also cause the teeth to move.
What Can You Do About Shifted Teeth?
If your teeth have shifted to the point that it bothers you, you need to visit our office and have your teeth examined. We can pinpoint the reason and suggest a treatment plan. For example, if shifting is the result of bruxism, we may suggest that you wear an oral appliance that will keep you from grinding your teeth at night. This device, known as a night guard, will prevent you from grinding or clenching your teeth, so the teeth will stay in place and you will experience less dental pain. If the movement is connected to the aging process, we usually can make some adjustments in your teeth's alignment. Each case must be customized to the patient's age, lifestyle, and specific dental needs.
Again, if your teeth have shifted noticeably, contact our office right away for an appointment. We want to ensure your dental health. Give us a call today. If you have not had an exam and cleaning within the last six months, you need to contact our office and schedule an appointment now.