If you wake up each morning with a dull headache and suspect teeth grinding might be the culprit, it may be time for a night guard. Night guards are custom-made mouthguards that are designed to protect the teeth from excessive contact. For adult dental patients with bruxism (a condition characterized by unconscious nightly teeth grinding…
Ease Your Stress to Protect Your Oral Health
Having good oral health is one aspect of a person’s health that they may take for granted at times. However, one thing that many people do not realize is that their overall stress level in their daily life can affect their oral health.
In this article, we are going to cover some of the ways that easing your stress in your daily life can help your oral health, too!
Stress-related issues for oral health
Symptoms of TMJ
Although people may not realize it, many times when they are stressed they may experience symptoms of TMJ. This can range in having many different symptoms; however, the most common are headaches, jaw pain, clenching the jaw and neck pain. Although anyone going through a stressful time is going to notice these symptoms from either clenching their jaw or their body being more tense, over time, they can take a toll on a person’s oral health.
However, if a person has been under a lot of stress for an extended period, they could be having these symptoms and not realizing that TMJ has formed. Talking to the dentist can be the best thing a person can do, and get ways to help relieve the symptoms as well.
Symptoms of bruxism
Bruxism refers to the habit, many times unknown to the person doing it, of grinding their teeth at night. Doing this can have a significant impact on oral health and can even crack and damage teeth. However, it has been found that bruxism can be caused by stress and lead to more tenseness and anxiety in the body.
When a person makes lifestyle choices and changes aspects of their day to take care of their own body, many times these symptoms and aches and pains are quickly relieved. Some people are more prone to bruxism though, so talking to a dentist about what symptoms a person has been experiencing is essential.
The most common symptoms of bruxism include:
- Grinding the teeth at night
- Clenching the jaw
- Aches and pains in the jaw, teeth and neck
However, with the right treatment bruxism can be stopped, the frequently painful symptoms can be relieved and any effect on the oral health eliminated. The sooner you start the sooner the symptoms stop and you ensure the safety of your oral health.
Get to the root of the problem
One of the best things a person can do is to find out why they are so stressed. Many times figuring this out, although not easy, can significantly help in reducing symptoms or even resolving the problem completely. Many times these symptoms can include body aches, tenseness, anxiety, sleep problems and ups and downs with emotions.
If you have more questions about how stress can affect your teeth and oral health, give our office a call. We can answer any additional questions you may have. Our staff is always ready to help guide our clients to have the best oral and overall health that they can have. Give us a call, today!
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