At some point in your life, you’ve probably caught yourself breaking a sweat or clenching your jaw in a stress-induced situation. It’s normal and noticeable. However, what’s more concerning is when this form of anxiety seeps into your bedtime in the form of “bruxism”. Bruxisum is known as the unconscious grinding of teeth due to the involuntary rhythmic clenching and contractions of one’s jaws. It’s more common than you think, for according to research by Colgate, approximately 70% of the population experiences this at some stage in their life. It’s quite literally a headache, because according to the Bruxism Association, teeth grinders are thrice as likely to suffer from constant headaches. Moreover, if it occurs consistently or over a prolonged duration, it may cause your teeth to eventually wear down, fracture or even deteriorate.
Bruxism can be attributed to a number of varied causes, some of which include anxiety and depression-related disorders, stress, caffeine and alcohol intake as well as stressful workplace environments. While you could make mindful lifestyle changes to curb these afflictions, there’s no harm in seeking help from medical professionals and reliable dental practices. After all, bruxism could potentially ruin the condition of your beautiful pearly whites.
At Oradental we are proud to provide services that aid in alleviating the uncomfortable symptoms of bruxism. These services include temporomandibular joint (TMJ)-related mouthguards, or nightguards. It is the dysfunctional condition of the TMJ that results in the headaches, migraines, earaches and such experienced in waking life. These nightguards are custom-made mouth pieces designed to fit over your teeth and protect them from pain caused by jaw muscle tension.
As you schedule a consultation with us at Oradental, here are a few effective steps you can take between now and your scheduled appointment:
· Reduce caffeine intake as well as the consumption of alcohol
· Practice mindfulness and relaxation techniques such as meditation to alleviate symptoms of stress and anxiety
· Reduce or restrict smoking
Book your appointment with Oradental in Scarborough, Toronto today and reclaim that healthy, beautiful smile!