Teeth Grinding May Be Due to Stress

grinding1Do you find yourself clenching your teeth, or sliding them back-and-forth over each other? Are you experiencing tooth sensitivity, sore jaw or insomnia?

Well, take a deep breath and relax. Stress and anxiety may bring some unwanted oral health concerns, such as teeth grinding—and you may not even be aware of it.

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, isn’t dangerous but it can cause wear and tear on your teeth. It puts pressure on the jaw muscles and tissues, and may lead to jaw pain, headaches, earaches and permanent damage to the teeth.

In addition to stress, some other possible causes of teeth grinding include: sleep disorders, an abnormal bite and misaligned teeth.

Some things you can try:

  • Reduce your daily stress and practice relaxation techniques, such as meditation
  • Relax your face and jaw muscles throughout the day—to make a habit out of it
  • Use a mouth guard to protect your teeth during sleep
  • Massage neck, shoulder and face muscles to relieve or reduce any pain
  • Try taking a muscle relaxant before bedtime

If you are looking for a dentist in the Troy and Birmingham area who utilizes the latest dental techniques and technology, be sure to check out Dr. Douglas Angell. Angell’s Dentistry is committed to providing each of our patients with a beautiful, healthy smile and unmatched dental care. Give our office a call at (248) 362-4330 and be sure to visit our website at: www.angellsdentistry.com.

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