Category: Preventive Dental Care

How to Prevent Stress From Wearing Down Your Teeth 

Have you noticed that your teeth look worn down? Do you have constant headaches in the morning or pain in your jaw? You might be suffering from bruxism, or chronic teeth grinding. Here’s how you can save your teeth during stressful times.

What Is Teeth Grinding?

Teeth grinding is when someone activates their jaw muscles when they aren’t chewing to clench their teeth together and powerfully rub them back and forth against each other. This usually occurs when asleep. The typical signs of teeth grinding are worn down, chipped, cracked, and broken teeth; a sore and tender jaw; tension headaches; and TMD/TMJ pain. Untreated teeth grinding can negatively affect the longevity of your teeth, increase your chances of developing tooth decay, and impair your ability to painlessly eat, talk, and smile.

What Causes Teeth Grinding?

One of the primary causes of teeth grinding is stress. There are many reasons why we stress out: work, family, finances, etc. Teeth grinding is one of the ways your body might process stress if you aren’t doing so in other ways, such as regular exercise, meditation, deep breathing, or therapy.

How to Stop Stress From Affecting Your Teeth

If you suffer from bruxism, a custom nightguard can help prevent teeth grinding from further damaging your teeth as you identify and address its cause. At Serenity Dental Studio, we can create a nightguard just for your smile, ensuring a comfortable fit and optimal protection.

Next, you need to find ways to combat your stress to stop grinding your teeth altogether. Identifying the source of your stress and devising a plan for stress management will greatly benefit your smile and overall health, thereby improving your quality of life!

Affordable Custom Nightguards in Frisco, TX

Don’t let stress ruin your smile. Our team at Serenity Dental Studio would be happy to meet with you and discuss if a custom nightguard is the right option for your smile. We also offer various restorative treatments to improve your smile’s function and cosmetic treatments to enhance its appearance, depending on your needs and goals. Plus, our flexible financing options make our treatments more affordable and accessible. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment!


Negative Effects of Nighttime Teeth Grinding

In addition to keeping your partner awake at night, nighttime teeth grinding and clenching (also known as bruxism) can poorly impact your oral health. At Serenity Dental Studio, we can help alleviate the negative effects of nighttime teeth grinding!

What Causes Nighttime Teeth Grinding?

Nighttime teeth grinding can be hard to diagnose on your own, as you may be doing it without realizing it. There are many factors that can cause you to grind your teeth. For some patients, teeth grinding is a reflection of stress and tension experienced during the day. For others, teeth grinding is a sign of alignment issues. Certain medical conditions or medications can also contribute to teeth grinding.

Negative Effects of Nighttime Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding can cause a variety of issues, such as: pain and stiffness in the jaw joints, face, and surrounding areas; earaches; tension headaches; degeneration and dysfunction of the temporomandibular joints; and difficulty talking, chewing, and swallowing. Grinding puts teeth under abnormal pressure, which can lead to receding gums, cracks, chips, and thin enamel that increases your risk of sensitivity and infection.

How Do We Treat Nighttime Teeth Grinding?

One way we treat teeth grinding is by creating a custom nightguard. This becomes a shield between your top and bottom teeth. A nightguard can alleviate many of the symptoms associated with teeth grinding and protects teeth from shifting, wearing down, or breaking. It can also help you get better quality sleep, which will improve your mood, energy level, brain function, and overall quality of life.

If you think a nightguard might help you, the first step is scheduling a consultation with our team. We’ll discuss your oral health and look for signs of nighttime grinding. Then, we’ll design your customized nightguard. Please contact us today to schedule your consultation at Serenity Dental Studio!

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