Does Stress Contribute To Teeth Grinding?

Everyone is a little more stressed then usual right now, and that’s to be expected with everything happening in the world. However, your Greenville, TX, dentist knows that with higher levels of stress, comes a higher risk of issues like bruxism (chronic teeth grinding). How does stress lead to teeth grinding, and what steps can you take to protect your smile?

The Link Between Your Anxiety and Bruxism

When we experience higher than normal levels of stress and anxiety, this can increase the risk of chronic teeth grinding, also known as bruxism. Unless treated or addressed with changes to your daily lifestyle, this oral health concern could begin to weaken and damage your teeth. The weakened enamel and damaged teeth could then increase the chances of cavities or infection developing, further threatening your oral health. Other possible causes of bruxism include bite imbalance, dental misalignment, missing teeth, TMJ disorder, or even an injury to the teeth or jaw.

Common Warning Signs

People with bruxism may experience soreness in the face, jaw, or mouth, as well as headaches and migraines. Tooth sensitivity and toothaches could develop as the enamel is worn down and cavities begin to form. For some people, a significant other may let them know they grind their teeth at night. When this happens, and if you begin to experience pain in one or more teeth, let us know. For damaged teeth, we can offer emergency treatment to restore them and prevent the onset of worsening oral health issues, such as cavities or infections.

What Do I Do?

If you begin to exhibit one or more of the symptoms we discussed above, try to cut back on caffeinated beverages, and avoid hard or chewy foods, as consuming them could exacerbate symptoms. A warm washcloth against the side of the face could ease tension as well. Try to reduce stress in your life by maintaining a regular sleep schedule, or creating a schedule to help you manage and stay on top of your new tasks. Take time for exercise or to breathe or practice yoga, whatever helps alleviate your anxiety. We can also discuss possible solutions when we open our doors again, such as a custom-made oral appliance, or a restoration like a crown. If you have any questions, then please contact our team today.

Do You Have Questions About Avoiding Damaged Smiles?

We want to make sure you’re aware of common oral health issues you could face while staying home. To learn more about maintaining optimal oral health from home, schedule a consultation by calling Smith Family Dentistry in Greenville, TX, today at 903-455-5750. We proudly serve patients from Hunt County, Greenville, Royce City, Sulphur Springs, and all surrounding communities.