Stress and Your Dental Health
Ancaster Dentist – Listen up… your teeth grinding habit might be telling you something
By now the negative impact of stress on your health cannot be denied. Reports that stress is linked to an increase in conditions such as diabetes, depression, obesity, heart disease, gastrointestinal problems, and asthma is just the tip of the iceberg. Our Ancaster dental team looks at the impact of stress on your dental health… and it can be significant.
Dentists are attributing the increased cases of teeth-grinding (also known as bruxism), in large part, to stress. Research suggests that one in 10 people will grind their teeth, either in their sleep or while awake. Typically, we see adults displaying moderate to severe damage however more teens are now showing the typical wear and tear common from bruxism. With the pressures of the holidays and demands of school, plus the immense social pressure, we expect these instances to rise.
The Power of the Bite
While some may think bruxism is simply an annoyance, (and for some it is just that) it actually has the power to be quite damaging. The force of an adult human bite can equal up to 200 pounds per square inch. When you clench or grind your teeth for a prolonged period of time, that pressure takes its toll, not only on your teeth and mouth structure, but on the surrounding muscles – think ligaments, tendons and joints of the jaw, skull, neck and shoulders.
In many cases patients grind their teeth subconsciously, unaware of the issue. We suggest looking for signs, such as… waking up with a popping or pain in your teeth or jaw joint, experiencing unexplained toothaches or sensitivity, or noticing cracks or chips in your tooth. Talk with your dental team immediately. Early detection is key to prevention.
Don’t Get Stressed Out… Talk to Your Golf Links Dental Team
In most cases a mouth guard can help alleviate the pressure from grinding, however in some cases a dental bite adjustment may be required. Bite adjustment treatments help restore normal function by:
- Reshaping the biting surfaces of the teeth
- Introducing bite splint therapy using a custom-fitted and adjusted plastic bite guard to keep the teeth apart as needed
- Reconstructing badly worn and damaged teeth
- Replacing damaged or worn fillings
If you have concerns about tooth grinding for you or any member of your family, don’t hesitate to book a consult with your Ancaster dentist today. Early detection is key for your tooth health.
If you want a team that cares about your dental health as much as you do, and utilizes the most up-to-date technology to make your experience a positive one, give Golf Links Dental a call at (905) 648-9598. We are a family dental practice in Ancaster that welcomes and treats people of all ages.