Posted on 1/30/2019 by Mettler & Griego Family Dentistry
If you've been dealing with bruxism, more commonly known as grinding your teeth, then you may have already been to see us. Bruxism can wear down your teeth, leave them open to infection, and much more.
It's definitely not something to brush off or take lightly. While bruxism can be caused by a number of things, stress is often one of the factors. The more stress you're under, the more likely it is that you'll grind your teeth.
Why Does Stress Lead to Bruxism?
Stress, anger, and other emotions express themselves in different ways. For some, especially for those who tend to hold in their feelings, it's expressed through clenching the jaw. At night, this can turn into grinding your teeth. You may not even realize it's happening until we notice it during a check-up.
What Can You Do to Decrease Stress?
It's much easier to talk about reducing your stress load than it is to actually do it. However, there are a number of things you can do to help control stress. If you know what's causing your increased stress, you can deal with that issue directly. Sometimes this isn't possible, though. In that case, you can look at ways to reduce stress rather than eliminate the cause of it.
One way of reducing stress and helping your body is to exercise. Exercising releases endorphins that help calm and relax the body. Even if you don't do anything more than walk around the block a few times, you'll notice that you do feel less tense when you're done.
Another option is to meditate. Learning how to sit quietly and find your inner peace may not always be easy, but it can be very helpful for those who are often under a lot of stress.
If you do know that you're grinding your teeth at night, call us to schedule an exam. We need to see if you've damaged any of your teeth so badly that they need repairs.
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