Modern society can be truly incredible. There are always new things to do or see, breathtaking technology at our fingertips 24/7, as well as opportunities to grow, change, and improve yourself. Modern life can also be a source of excess stress, which, over time, can have adverse effects on your overall well-being, including your oral health. Being aware of the issues stress can cause on your teeth can help you prevent your modern lifestyle from doing undue harm to your smile. Here’s what you need to know about TMJ & Bruxism.
The biggest, most common symptom among those that suffer from TMJ Disorder or Bruxism is habitual teeth grinding. The reason they don’t notice it is because it occurs most frequently while they are asleep.
If you find that your way of life has you in a constant state of anxiety, you can start to see it manifest itself in a number of ways physically. One of the ways it does this is by causing your jaw muscles to clench while you are asleep, which can cause you to grind your teeth. This grinding can destroy your oral health if left untreated. Constant grinding can wear down and weaken your teeth, causing them to chip and crack. This can lead to infection and possibly even tooth loss. Although you might not be aware of your grinding, there are several symptoms related to it that you can spot, such as difficulty chewing, tooth and jaw soreness, and clicking and locking of your jaw joints.
Our dentists are happy to work with your needs to get you the oral care you require. Contact us at our local Austin, TX office at 512-250-9444.