The Hidden Dangers of Grinding Your Teeth

Have you been diagnosed with bruxism, aka, teeth grinding? While grinding your teeth may not appear to be a profound issue, there are several long-term effects that can affect your oral health:

  • Bruxism can often cause your gums to become inflamed.
  • The chances of chipping or cracking a tooth are increased.
  • Pain within the jaw and headaches are other common problems.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is wise to seek the advice of a dentist.

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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.