Bruxism – A Side Effect of Anxiety That Can Affect Your Teeth

Categories: Dental, Oral Hygiene

If You Grind Your Teeth, You May Have Bruxism

Grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw, many times without knowing you are doing it, could mean you suffer from Buxism.

Bruxism can lead to a host of symptoms of TMJ and joint pain, headaches and more.

Damage Caused by Bruxism to Your Teeth

Michael Gelb, DDS and clinical Professor of oral medicine and pathology at NYU College of Dentistry has said “People who clench tend to do it in a rhythmic motion, as if they’re chewing something, and often end up with large jaw muscles. People with square jaws also are able to exert more force when they clench and cause more damage”.

Some of this damage can cause ringing in the ears, sensitivity of your teeth when chewing, joint pain, headaches and more.

The Common Causes of Bruxism

Most people who experience Bruxism suffer from anxiety, anger, are anxious, aggressive or competitive.

Those who are chronically stressed will experience even more severe grinding of their teeth at night.  Often times, this can cause a person to wake from deep sleep, interrupting their ability to get the proper amount of rest.

The best therapy for anxiety is available at your family physician’s office.

The best therapy for damaged teeth, and eventually damaged gums resulting from Bruxism, is to visit Ocean County Dentist, Dr.Ron Rotem.

Ocean County dentist, Dr. Rotem, will thoroughly exam of the surface of your teeth to determine if you are clenching your teeth, the extent of the damage as a result of clenching and offer treatments and methods to curb your clenching.

Today’s world lends a lot more stress to almost everyone’s daily life.  Don’t let this ruin your physical and dental health or sleep patterns any longer.

Call Ocean County Dentist, Dr. Rotem, today for a thorough exam and see if you are a suffering the damaging side effects of Bruxism.

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