Most of us are aware that stress and muscle tension can wreak havoc on our overall wellbeing, but did you know that these could also have a negative impact on our dental health too?
Tooth grinding and jaw clenching – or bruxism – can be a side effect of stress and often occurs in patients aged 25-44. Most cases happen at night where those affected will grind their teeth during sleep, however some people will involuntarily clench their jaw during the day during difficult situations; in both instances you would probably be unaware that you were doing it. While some people will only suffer sporadically, perhaps through short bouts of stress or anxiety that are manageable and pass quickly, longer-term effects can result in tooth wear and/or damage or jaw pain, headaches and earache.
Here at Gaskell Avenue Dental, your oral health is important to us, which is why we keep a vigilant eye out for the signs of bruxism. If we notice patterns of tooth wear we may ask you about other unexplained aches and pains that could, potentially, be linked. If we feel that you are suffering from this condition, we will offer you a sleep appliance to wear at night that will help to protect your teeth against the effects of tooth grinding.
As bruxism is often linked to stress, we would also strongly suggest you look at various ways to manage the daily pressures that are affecting you. Our team can offer advice in relation to this, or point you in the direction of trained professions who can provide further help where necessary.
If you are currently suffering with jaw pain, headaches or earache that are as yet unexplained, call our lovely reception team on 01565 633 034 book an appointment with one of our dentists who can check whether your symptoms are being caused by subconscious tooth grinding.