Stress can cause people to do many things, both consciously and unconsciously. When you’re tense, do you resort to biting your fingernails, clenching your teeth, or perhaps chewing on pens and pencils? Stress reactions can be very detrimental to your dental health. Arguably, the worst of all tooth-threatening stress side-effects is bruxism (teeth grinding). Unfortunately, many patients that suffer from bruxism grind their teeth while they’re sleeping. The problem with this is that they may not even realize they have a problem until tooth damage has begun to show signs. Your Woodcrest dentists at Riverside Dental Group, has more to say about the relationship between teeth grinding and stress.

What is Bruxism?

Bruxism sufferers tend to complain of general mouth discomfort, but they can also end up with cracked, worn down, or broken teeth and toothaches. Consistent teeth grinders often end up with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain that can even lead to a chronic disorder called TMD. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research says that between five and twelve percent of people have temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Dentists are seeing more teeth grinding issues as stress levels heighten in our fast-paced American culture. Beyond dental issues, bruxism can create headaches, earaches, and neck pain.

How to Reduce Teeth Grinding

Some people find that doing more stress-relieving activities can help relaxation. If this translates into healthier tooth enamel, all the better. Activities such as yoga classes, morning meditation, keeping a stress ball in your car, keeping a journal, writing a blog, or calling a friend can help calm your nerves and give you more restful, grind-free sleep saving your teeth from long-term damage.

Teeth Grinding Help from Woodcrest Dentists

If you suspect or know that you have been grinding your teeth, your Woodcrest dentists are her to help you with nightguards and other potential treatments. We are happy to offer comprehensive dentistry for the whole family. If you are due for a dental checkup or cleaning in Woodcrest, CA, contact our 92506 dentist office at (951) 369-1001. We serve patients throughout Riverside County.