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Stress and Your Teeth.

Many of our patients are aware that they grind their teeth at night, and it’s usually considered a sleep disorder. That’s because people who clench or grind their teeth during the night often have sleep disorders, such as snoring and sleep apnea. But there’s another reason for grinding that can be just as serious — and cause just as much damage to your teeth.


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Intense emotions that can cause bruxism

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Tension
  • Frustration
  • Anger
  • Sadness

The more stressed (or angry or tense) you are, the more likely you are to clench and grind your teeth.

 

Your dentist might be the first to notice

 

Grinding can be a habit that’s hard to break, and the impact of extreme habitual grinding can be serious. Once you become aware of the problem, you might notice that your problem is more extreme when you’re in an emotional state.

 

Guarding your teeth from your emotions

 

A mouth guard is likely to be the first step your dentist will recommend to help you avoid damaging your teeth:

  • It protects your teeth
  • It helps measure the intensity of your grinding

The deeper the “notches” in your mouth guard, the more your need to be working to reduce your particular stress issues.

 

Guarding your teeth by reducing your stress

If stress and anxiety are the cause of your bruxism, it’s important to find a way to relax, and the American Dental Association agrees. Mediation, therapy and regular strenuous exercise can all help. Other self-care tips for bruxism include:

  • Listen to music
  • Take warm baths
  • Yoga
  • Go for a walk

And avoid the following:

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Nicotine

 

Guarding your teeth by seeing your dentist

Bruxism is a common and serious problem, but it can be managed. Start by consulting with your dentist by calling today for an appointment: 978-688-1895.