Friday, January 31, 2014

Stress: The Dental Connection!

Did you know that while you sleep, your mouth can be very active?  If you find yourself waking up with headaches, facial pain, neck aches, ear aches, or a sore jaw, then you may have been clenching or grinding your teeth, a condition called bruxism.

Although many people experience some extent of bruxism, only a very small percentage of the population are actually aware of the long term dental consequences.  From unexplained chipping of teeth and dental restorations to tooth aches, the dental impacts of unimpeded clenching and grinding can be very costly. And with the built in stresses of today's hectic lifestyle, these dental problems are becoming more common.  To reduce the impact of bruxism, check out the following.

  • Reduce Stress
    • To help relax your jaw muscles and prevent grinding
  • Wear A Custom Night Guard
    • To cushion your teeth and protect them from damage
  • Change Your Eating Habits
    • To decrease nightly grinding, avoid coffee, tea or alcohol before bed
  • Straighten Teeth
    • To decrease grinding, correct crooked teeth with braces

If you think that your teeth may not be getting the rest that they need at night or are in need of a dental appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

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