The Link Between Anxiety And Teeth Grinding

At the moment, many of us are experiencing a higher than normal level of stress. Working from home, being furloughed, or continuing to work due to being an essential employee can lead to high levels of anxiety, and with it, higher risks of serious oral health issues like bruxism. In today’s blog, your Redmond, OR, dentist explains the link between anxiety and bruxism.

The Causes of Bruxism

Multiple factors could lead to people grinding their teeth, such as tooth loss, bite imbalance or dental misalignment, untreated TMJ disorder, or even an injury to the face or jaw. However, one of the most common causes is actually high levels of stress in your daily life. If you have a significant other, then you may be aware that your grind your teeth at night. Otherwise, watch for the symptoms that tend to occur in the waking hours, such as headaches or migraines, jaw and facial pain, and tooth sensitivity and toothaches. If one or more of these potential symptoms apply to you, then you may need to take steps to alleviate your discomfort!

Potential Oral Health Complications

Without treatment, the constant pressure from bruxism would begin to wear down tooth structure, making the teeth appear small or short and exposing sensitive inner structure to bacteria, allowing cavities and infection to develop. The teeth could also become cracked or chipped, again leading to serious discomfort. Since we’re still offering emergency treatment for patients on a case-by-case basis, let us know if your teeth begin to ache, as this could be a sign of advanced cavity or infection that needs treatment. If you have pain in your head or jaw due to bruxism, we could discuss ways to alleviate your discomfort until we can see you again!

Possible Solutions

First, try to avoid caffeinated products and hard or chewy foods that could exacerbate symptoms. Use a warm washcloth against the side of the face to reduce pressure, and take a pain reliever if you begin to experience headaches. If you have a cavity or infection due to a damaged tooth, we can repair the damage with a filling or crown. When we’re open again for preventive and general treatments, we can create an oral appliance that places a barrier between the upper and lower sets of teeth to reduce the risk of further damage. If you have any questions, then contact our team today!

Do You Have Questions About Teeth Grinding?

Our team wants to help people suffering from bruxism and other disorders enjoy healthier smiles, even if they’re stuck at home! To learn more about treating common issues like teeth grinding, then schedule a consultation by calling Coppertop Family Dentistry in Redmond, OR, today at 541-923-5927.