Shortened / Chipped Teeth Test

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Shortened / Chipped Teeth Test

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Teeth wear not from eating or chewing but from grinding and clenching. Grinding is the body’s way of trying to eliminate an interference in the bite. If your teeth mesh together in a position where the jaw muscles or jaw joints are strained your natural reaction may be to grind to a more comfortable position. Unfortunately, in my experience, this is rarely a stable position.

This means you grind back to where the teeth mesh the most. Unfortunately, this is a strained position so you grind to where the muscles and jaws feel better. Unfortunately this is an unstable position so you grind back to where the teeth mesh together the most. Unfortunately … you get the idea. You grind back and forth till your teeth become worn and chipped. It is no different than having a rock in the tread of your running shoes. You always feel it and it is not long before you stop and pluck it out so you can walk without the rock causing a problem.

Unfortunately your teeth are not that easy to “Pluck Out” so your uneven bite creates a grinding problem that damages your teeth.