Stress is everywhere. The demands of everything from work, caring for your family, school, social pursuits, driving in crazy traffic, finding time to exercise, getting enough rest, etc….there are so many things that can produce stress. And your mouth can bear the brunt of that stress which is a reason why your dentist can be a primary asset to your dental and overall health.
How does stress impact your dental health? When the pressures of daily life close in, one of the first places we feel those strains is in our mouth. It starts out subconsciously during periods of sleep. We grind and clench teeth. And since it is done without realization, it can continue night after night until it becomes a habit.
Once habitual during the night, it can start to occur throughout the day. Without realizing it, you can clench your jaw tight and grind on dental enamel when studying, reading, watching television. Sadly that pressure can result in broken or chipped teeth. This can also lead to TMJ, which is basically an inflammation of the joints that control jaw function.
…your mouth can bear the brunt of that stress which is a reason why your dentist can be a primary asset to your dental and overall health.
Mouth and canker sores are often attributed to stress. But they can also be prompted by the foods we eat, so a food journal can be an aid in determining the origin of canker sores.
Patients that visit their dentist every six months for a cleaning and dental exam have the benefit of spotting the signs of clenching and grinding perhaps before serious damage can occur. One of the solutions your dentist can recommend is a mouth guard.
A customized mouth guard will prevent further damage from clenching and grinding. Having a mouth guard prepared especially for you will provide a perfect fit which will encourage it to be worn. An ill-fitting mouth guard can be uncomfortable which might discourage use.
Mouth guards purchased across the counter or on the internet may promise that you can customize them for a perfect fit; however, the end result is up to you. If you have questions or lack expertise with working with their materials, you will have spent money on a useless product.
Of course, the best option is to rid yourself of worry and anxiety, but your present stress dictates urgency in finding a solution before damage occurs. Let your dentist aid you in easing your oral tension.
Call our experienced dental team to reserve your appointment today.