Living in modern times can be a wonderful, beautiful, and exhilarating experience. There’s always something to do or see and awesome technology is at our fingertips 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It’s truly an amazing time to be alive. It can also sometimes be stressful, which can have several detrimental effects on your oral health. Being aware of the issues stress can cause on your smile can help you prevent your modern lifestyle from doing undue harm to your teeth. Here’s how stress can affect your smile.
You may find that your lifestyle has you in a constant state of anxiety, which can begin to manifest itself physically in a multitude of ways. One of the ways it does this is by making your jaw muscles clench while you are sleeping, causing you to grind your teeth. This grinding can degrade your oral health if left untreated. Constant grinding can wear down and weaken your teeth, causing them to fragment and crack. This can lead to infection and possibly even the loss of teeth. Although you may not be aware of your grinding, there are several symptoms related to it, such as tooth and jaw soreness, difficulty chewing, and clicking and locking of your jaw joints.
If you notice these symptoms, you should visit your dentist immediately. Your dentist can examine your mouth and may diagnose you with TMJ. TMJ can be treated using a custom-made mouth guard that you can wear while you are sleeping, which prevents you from grinding your teeth. Your dentist may also recommend you to a mental health physician who can provide you necessary treatment for stress and anxiety issues.
Our dentists can work with you and your schedule to get you the oral healthcare you need. Schedule an appointment today. Contact us at our local Austin, TX office at 512-250-9444.