Stress – We all have it…it’s how we handle the stress that determines it’s effects on our body. Unfortunately, for the majority of people, teeth are directly impacted by stress. Teeth clenching and/or grinding can wreak havoc on your mouth. Many people have even cracked a tooth from clenching and/or grinding – sometimes leading to tooth loss. The definition of bruxism is the involuntary or habitual grinding of teeth.
You might not even realize you are clenching or grinding your teeth. Some symptoms include:
- Persistent headache originating around temple
- Worn-down or flattened teeth
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Jaw pain / soreness
- Receding gum tissue
Many of these symptoms often appear worse in the morning time after a long night of grinding away at your pearly whites. However, some people even clench or grind their teeth during daily tasks. For example, tasks including exercise, house work and driving are often triggers of clenching and grinding of teeth. If you notice after completing tasks such as these that your teeth are sore you are probably clenching and grinding while performing these tasks.
Investing in a professionally made dental night-guard is a great option to prevent damage to your teeth. The process to have a night-guard made is simple and painless. Contact Ted Hume Dental today at (214) 361-7335 to schedule your appointment today and protect your smile!