We all have days where life seems to be going wrong. Between work, your personal life, family and not to mention your mile long to-do-list, stress can build up quickly and before you know it your body lets you know. Stress can affect not only your mental and physical health but it can significantly alter your oral health as well.
Signs and Symptoms of Stress on Your Mouth
Clenching your teeth is common among those burdened with stress. You may not realize or notice you are doing it but it layers on another issue for you to address. Depending on how you handle your stress, you could be doing this multiple times a day as well as in your sleep! Teeth grinding if continued and left untreated can result in multiple issues. These include the destroying of your crowns, fillings, bridges and even lead to TMJ (joint/jaw disorder). Paired with this comes more money and even more stress! Be sure that if this happens frequently or if you are aware of your this practice, seek stress-management or relaxation methods that can help you reduce the amount of times you do it and better calm you down. Some of these methods can include: avoiding alcohol as it increases the chances of teeth grinding when you are asleep, exercise to release endorphins and combat stress, listen to relaxing music that clears your mind and unwind or any other kinds of methods you deem that helps you stay calm and stress-free.
If you experiment with stress helping methods and notice no improvement to your pain related clenching, seek a dental professional to help you do an examination and then in turn provide the best course of action. In most scenarios, your dentist can provide you with a splint or mouth guard for you to wear to prevent any damage you can cause because of teeth grinding/clenching.
About Johnson Family Dentistry
We are a dental practice devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of your smile using conservative, state-of-the-art procedures that will result in beautiful, long, lasting smiles!
We feel that the purpose of our practice is to provide optimum dental care for each of our patients. It is our mission to deal with each person as if they were a member of our family and treat them as we would want to be treated ourselves.
Our Services include the following; Bonding, Crowns & Bridgework, Dental Implants, Fillings, General and Cosmetic Dentistry, Oral Cancer Screenings, Periodontal (Gum) Disease Therapy, Porcelain Veneers, Professional Teeth Cleanings, Removable Dentures, Root Canal Treatment, Sealants, Teeth Whitening, TMJ/TMD Treatment, and Tooth Extractions. We are conveniently located next to Publix Super Market in The Shoppes at Eastwood. Contact us Today at (407) 282-0002