"Keep a stiff upper lip" or "get a grip!" That's often the advice we get -- and give -- on how to cope with stress.
If you take it literally, the result could be grinding your teeth or clenching your jaws. It's called bruxism, and often it happens as we sleep, caused not just by stress and anxiety but by sleep disorders, an abnormal bite or teeth that are missing or crooked. These habits are called “Parafunctional”(well outside the range of normal).
Symptoms include a dull headache, a sore teeth and jaw, tightness in the neck and back pain. You could have teeth that are painful or loose from severe grinding. This can lead to fractures in your teeth.
The question is what can be done to relieve the symptoms and protect the teeth and periodontium from further damage?
Often we recommend a processed acrylic night guard that is fitted over the biting surfaces of the upper teeth, so the lower teeth are free to glide on the night guard thereby resting the muscles and stopping the pain.
If stress is the cause you need to find a way to relax! Physical therapy, muscle relaxants, counseling and even exercise may help reduce tension.
Don't make your teeth the brunt of your stress.
Stress and Tooth Habits
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