Bruxism is a stress symptom that can have an impact on health

Published on August 10, 2009 by

dental checkup Bruxism is a stress symptom that can have a major impact on dental health. Clenching or grinding of teeth are habits that can arise as life becomes overwhelming. These manifestations usually effect an individual while they sleep. Most people are unaware that they have a stress symptom.

What oral signs are present indicating that a person could be bruxing, clenching or

1) Wear to the biting surface of some or all teeth.

2) Sore jaw muscles.

3) Sore ear/s

4) Chipped teeth.

5) Spouse complains of grinding noise while you sleep.

What measures can be taken to combat the these consequences of stress?

1) Purchase a dentist fabricated mouth guard to protect the teeth during sleep.

2) Take oral sedatives prior to sleep to help induce relaxation.

3) Practice relaxation exercises to help calm thoughts. 4) Place warm, moist compresses on sore muscles to help with relief. Also, take anti-inflammatory medication (advil) to help alleviate soreness.

An extreme oral manifestation is alteration of the chemical structure of saliva. This can leave a person prone to mouth ulceration, tooth decay or bad breath.

Call Wayzata Dental at 952.232.6008 today.

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