Most people are feeling some level of stress or anxiety right now, especially with the coming of Covid-19. It’s common knowledge that stress can be bad for your health, but did you know it puts your teeth at risk too?
People experiencing stress in their lives often clench, gnash or grind their teeth. Surprisingly, they do it even more when they are sleeping and the subconscious mind is not paying attention. Tooth grinding is also called bruxism by doctors and dentists and can cause a lot of damage in your mouth. Signs that you might be grinding include:
It is important that you let us know if you are experiencing these symptoms. We will want to protect your teeth and may recommend a nightguard appliance for that purpose.
It will also be important for you to find ways to relieve your stress to protect your teeth, overall health, relationships and quality of life. There are many resources online and here are a few ideas to help get you started.
If you find that you are unable to control your stress, we suggest talking to your doctor to see what they might recommend. Your teeth, health and quality of life may depend on it.
To learn if you are a candidate for a nightguard appliance give us a call. We promise to take great care of you.
KN Dentistry – Orange CA – (714) 633-2562