Stress causes the body to react in a number of different ways, from gray hair to ulcers and even teeth grinding (or bruxism). In fact, the majority of teeth grinding tendencies stem from ill-managed stress and this unhealthy habit can harm more than just your smile.
In today’s blog, Dr. Cynthia Brush, your Gainesville, FL dentist wishes to provide some facts about teeth grinding.
Teeth Grinding: The Straight Facts
Teeth grinding hurts your jaw. Patients who don’t have their teeth grinding habit taken care of, run the risk of developing temporomandibular joint disorder (or TMD). This condition typically stems from an excessive amount of pressure placed upon the jaw joint—which is a side effect of teeth grinding.
Patients with TMD tend to suffer with pain throughout their heads, neck, shoulders, and back. For this reason, your Gainesville, FL dentist urges you to treat your teeth grinding habit before it worsens.
Anyone can begin the habit. Teeth grinding isn’t a predisposed condition. In other words, patients don’t have an innate quality to grind their teeth. Bruxism is very much an environmental condition, which means your surroundings influence the habit. Thus, teeth grinding can happen to any patient at any given time.
Most patients don’t know they do it. Since teeth grinding is more often than not a nighttime habit, patients don’t even know they have it. Typically, patients learn about their bruxism habit from a dentist, after the discovery of worn down teeth.
Children grind their teeth, too. While teeth grinding may seem like an ailment only adults endure, children can also have bruxism tendencies. In fact, children have a greater likelihood of grinding their teeth than the average adult does. However, in their cases, teeth grinding isn’t attributed to stress—it’s a coping mechanism for teething.
Tioga Dental Associates Helps Patients End their Teeth Grinding Habit
If you would like treatments to help end your teeth grinding tendency, take care to contact Dr. Brush. She can suggest treatment methods that can improve bruxism symptoms and promote healing. To make an appointment with our Gainesville, FL dental practice, call us at (352) 333-1946. Also, visit our website for services, patient forms, and reviews. We proudly serve patients from Gainesville,Newberry, Jonesville, and surrounding cities.