The Bane of Stress Induced Bruxism

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Modern life brings with it stress and anxiousness. We all suffer from it at times. Stress may come from multiple sources, career as well as personal and family life. Stress manifests in various ways for different people. One typical way that it appears is problematic for your oral health.

Although it isn’t a helpful thing, clenching of the jaw and grinding of the teeth becomes a way that the mind and body try to relieve the stress you are feeling. Bruxism a term that means the same thing. It is possible you may not notice when you are doing it. Jaw clenching normally happens during the daytime hours, and would be most noticeable then, while teeth grinding most often occurs at nightime. This makes it more difficult to realize when you are doing it. If you suspect you are grinding, you might ask someone, a friend or family member, to monitor you at night. Another suggestion would be to set up a camera to record it for confirmation.

Sore jaw muscles are a sign that this might be a problem for you. If this has been an ongoing issue for some time, your teeth may become sensitive to hot and cold temperatures due to the wearing down of the enamel on the teeth. See your dentist to uncategorically determine that you have bruxism Your dentist can see the signs if you have worn the enamel down, or if there are cracks or chips on your teeth. If so, he may prescribe a mouthguard to wear when you sleep, or suggest anti-anxiety medication if you reveal that you’re undergoing a stressful period in your life.

If you need an evaluation for teeth clenching or grinding, Dr. Robert H. Watson would be happy to help you. Please contact Robert H. Watson Jr. DDS, PA to make an appointment at: 704-523-7221, or come by our office in Charlotte, North Carolina.