Just like stress causes your body to tense up and make you a little moody, it can also wreak havoc on your mouth. Stress is a funny thing, and if you don’t take care of your stress, you could end up with mouth sores, cold sores or even teeth grinding. Read a few of our past blogs if you’ve ever experienced canker sores or cold sores, and continue reading if you think that you may be grinding your teeth without even noticing.
Did you know that grinding your teeth is one of the biggest effects of stress. If you’re someone who wakes up in the morning with a sore jaw or at the end of a long day at work, you may have some underlying stress issues that you need to address. The worst part about grinding your teeth is that you won’t ever realize that you’re doing it. And what can make matters even worse is that grinding your teeth from stress can cause the habit to become even worse. Teeth grinding and jaw clenching can lead to TMJ, a problem with the joint that’s located just below and in front of your ear where the skull and jaw meet.
What should you do if you you’ve noticed that you’re clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth? Come on in to see our dentist in Woburn to learn about your options. There are night guards and other appliances that can help you stop clenching your jaw, at least while you sleep. As for during the day, you’ll just have to be conscious of your teeth and jaw. A good rule of thumb is to keep your teeth slightly apart while you aren’t eating.