2020 has been the worst year in modern history for almost everyone. Millions of people have been out of work for months, lockdowns and restrictions have caused depression and mental illness to skyrocket, and the overall stress of the upheaval in our Nation has left very few unscathed. While numbers of incidents of emotional stress are continuing to increase, another area of concern that dentists across America are reporting is how stress is damaging the teeth.
According to the Bruxism Association, the American Dental Association, and the CDC, dentists across the Nation have seen an extreme increase in oral health symptoms directly related to stress. Teeth grinding is greatly associated with high stress levels, and anxiety, depression, and mental illness can all be linked to an increase in bruxism.
When people grind their teeth, they put an enormous amount of pressure on the teeth, gums, and jawbone. Severe damage to the smile can occur when this issue is not treated. Knowing the signs and symptoms of teeth grinding is vital so that you can see your dentist as soon as this condition starts affecting your smile.
Signs of Teeth Grinding:
- Worn teeth
- Waking up with headaches multiple times a week
- Waking up with jaw pain
- Tense facial and jaw muscles
- Locking of your jaw
- A popping or clicking sound when you move your jaw
- Damage to the inside wall of the cheek
- Overly sensitive teeth
- Flattened areas created on the biting surfaces of the teeth
It is always important to take note of any changes that you experience in your oral health. Dismissing these signs as just “signs of stress” can lead to extensive damage to your teeth that will cost a lot of money to repair.
At Precision Digital Dentistry, we provide comprehensive dental care to all our patients. If you are concerned that stress is taking a negative toll on your smile, please contact us today.