We live in demanding, stressful times, and the day-to-day pressures we feel can be internalized in ways that can trigger many responses by our bodies. Nearly half of dentists recently surveyed by the American Dental Association reported seeing an increased number of patients with conditions associated with stress. One common and troublesome dental complaint is called bruxism, which includes grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw, often while asleep.
At the offices of Fairview Park, our friendly, highly trained staff performs a comprehensive evaluation that includes checking for telltale signs that a patient may be suffering from bruxism. These include loose or fractured teeth, chronic jaw and facial pain, and dull headaches. We also understand that stress and anxiety are not the only underlying causes of bruxism. An abnormal bite, missing or crooked teeth, and sleep disorders can also contribute. It has been determined that smokers and those who drink alcohol are twice as likely to grind their teeth. And bruxism doesn’t only affect adults, and it’s not always about stress. For children, grinding may be triggered by teeth that are misaligned, allergies, or mouth irritations.
If you are suffering from bruxism, our dentists will work with you to determine the most effective course of treatment. This may include having a specially fitted mouth guard to wear while you are asleep, or medication to help you relax. Exercise, meditation and counseling are also keys to reducing stress.
If you or someone in your family is experiencing any of the symptoms associated with teeth grinding or jaw clenching, the dentists at the offices of Fairview Park will provide an expert diagnosis and comfortable treatment to set your mind at ease. Life is stressful, but choosing the right dentist doesn’t have to be. Call us today for an appointment