One of the most common dental problems that tend to persist for longer periods of time is grinding your teeth, known clinically as bruxism. This is a condition that becomes more and more painful over time, as the wear on the teeth and impact down into the jaw and surrounding nerves continues to increase. With it comes other problems as well, such as chewing, drinking hot and cold liquids, as well as even sleeping. A couple of the biggest inducers or aggravators of bruxism are stress and anxiety, and if you can work on eliminating or reducing their presence in your life, you may also be able to reduce the severity or frequency of your habitual grinding.
How Anxiety Triggers Grinding
Any type of worry that tends to dwell in a person's mind will continue to escalate until it gets to the point of causing anxiety. When this happens, if bruxism is something that that particular person struggles with, it is very likely that the unconscious reaction is going to be for them to start grinding their teeth. In some cases, it will be several hours, or even the next day when they begin to notice the pain, before they even realize that they are doing it. If you can find a few methods or techniques which personally help you reduce and manage the stress and anxiety in your life, it could have a profound impact on the occurrence and frequency of your grinding.
To discover other possible ways of treating your bruxism, give us a call or stop by our clinic offices and take a moment to speak with one of our courteous and helpful staff members. They will be glad to provide you more information, as well as to set up a time for an evaluation.