Stress and Bruxism
Prevent Tooth Damage from Grinding Teeth
Do you ever feel like circumstances are spinning out of your control? You're not the only one. If there's one thing we all have in common fairly often, it's that stressful situations can occupy our minds and sap our energy causes some of our Burnet patients to grind teeth. Not only that, stress can actually compromise your health. If you are stressed, it's more likely that you're grinding teeth while sleeping. While this bit of information has been around for a while, a recent study shed light on new piece of the grinding teeth puzzle.
The article published in journal Head and Face Medicine shows that some ways of coping with stress can be healthier for your teeth and jaw than others. Those people who deal with stress by attempting to ignore their problems or internalize them are at higher risk for teeth grinding, also called bruxism. The study found that heavily grinding teeth or bruxism often uses what is termed as "negative" coping methods, like ignoring the causes of stress instead of working through problems directly.
Grind Teeth Because You're Stressed? Here's Some Tips:
If you grind teeth at night or even during the day, look over the following suggestions to see what you could do to improve your mental and emotional health by relieving stress:
- Get a good night's sleep--being fully rested does amazing things for your clarity of thought and state of mind. This helps with grinding teeth as well.
- Exercise--whether it's outdoors or at the gym, exercise eases anxiety and releases mood-enhancing endorphins.
- Eat a healthy and varied diet--make sure meals include fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
- Laugh--you've heard the saying that goes "laughter is the best medicine." That's absolutely true when you're dealing with stress! Make sure that you're never too busy to enjoy the company of friends and family who make you laugh.
- Let it out--internalized stress doesn't disappear, it only multiplies. If you feel overwhelmed at the prospect, a professional therapist can help you work through it.
Feel you are a victim to bruxism but can't stop stressing? Call our office in Horseshoe Bay, Marble Falls and Burnet area to speak to our restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry professionals. We can help by providing you with a mouth guard that has proven to help our Burnet patients who grind teeth from damaging their teeth.
Don't let stress get you down. Take charge of your health and well-being by taking care of yourself. Your teeth will thank you!