Stress can evoke different reactions in different people. Some stress manifestations are obvious and conscious, and some occur unconsciously, even when we’re sleeping and completely unaware. You probably know that you’re biting fingernails, chewing on pencils, or snapping at every person who comes into your path. However, a stress side effect that is extremely detrimental to your dental health, that you may have no idea you have, is bruxism. The clinical term bruxism is synonymous with teeth grinding. As you grind away every night in your dreams, instead of relieving stress, you’re actually creating potential tooth damage.
Avoiding the Nightly Grind
Bruxism sufferers might have no symptoms. If any tell-tale signs are clear, they would include: general mouth discomfort, toothaches, and unexplained cracked teeth. Chronic teeth grinders can even start to have other symptoms like headaches, neck pain, earaches, and jaw discomfort. Bruxism can lead into temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research released information that between 5% and 12% of people suffer from TMD. Dentists are seeing more bruxism and TMD patients as stress levels heighten in our fast-paced society.
Reducing Bruxism by Reducing Stress
If you do happen to grind your teeth on a regular basis, many people find that participating in stress-relieving activities can help relax you enough that bruxism is quelled, and your tooth enamel is saved from damage. Yoga, regular massages, morning meditation, stress balls, journal writing, a warm bath, doing a puzzle, reading quietly, listening to classical music, or any activity that might put your mind at ease and relax your body can potentially reduce your teeth grinding issues. When all else fails, visit our dental team for bruxism treatment options.
Consult with your Fort Worth General Dentist
At 7 Day Dental Center, Dr. Bob Jing and our team of dental professionals offer convenience, comfort, and the latest in quality family dentistry. With a focus on patient education and access to advanced dental technology, we can help you achieve a brighter, healthier smile. To schedule an appointment, call our office at (817) 405-2001. We proudly service the residents of Fort Worth, Haltom City, Sansom Park, White Settlement, and surrounding communities.