For many families in Bedford, MA, and surrounding communities, the impact of COVID-19 and the steps we’re taking to protect our families could be a major source of stress. When people develop higher risks of stress, this could lead to complications, such as bruxism. In today’s blog, we’re going to talk about how to safeguard your smile against bruxism!
The Link Between Anxiety and Bruxism
High levels of stress could make us more likely to grind and clench our teeth in the night. Along with anxiety, other possible causes could include tooth loss, bite imbalance, dental misalignment, TMJ disorder, and even an injury to your mouth, face, or jaw. Bruxism could be dangerous because the pressure placed on the teeth by frequently teeth grinding could cause them to become worn down or even cracked or chipped. The damaged teeth then expose the sensitive inner structure to bacteria, allowing a cavity or even an infection to develop.
When to Be Concerned
If someone alerts you to the fact that you grind your teeth at night, then let us know right away. Otherwise, watch out for common warning signs that happen in the day, such as headaches and migraines, soreness in the face or jaw, or even tooth sensitivity and toothaches. If you encounter pain in your smile, please let us know. Discomfort in your teeth could be a sign of cavities or infection, and treatment could prevent the loss of your tooth. We still offer treatment for dental emergencies, so we can use a filling or root canal to halt your discomfort and protect the beauty and stability of your tooth. We’re still here for you!
At the moment, we’re not able to offer treatment for issues like teeth grinding, but there are steps you can take to safeguard your smile from home. Be sure to avoid caffeinated products to limit grinding episodes, and use a warm washcloth against the side of the face to ease any tension or aches in your jaw. Try to take measures to limit stress as well, such as maintaining a sleep schedule, working out, practicing breathing exercises, and creating a schedule to help you manage your new routine. If you have any questions about protecting your smile from bruxism, or about general tips for keeping teeth and gums healthy while you’re stuck at home, then please contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Bruxism?
Our team doesn’t want your smile’s health and beauty to suffer from issues like teeth grinding. To learn more about avoiding teeth grinding or keeping your smile free of tooth decay and periodontal issues, schedule a consultation by calling Kennedy Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Bedford, MA, today at (781) 275-0200.