Grinding Your Teeth In Toccoa

Friday, June 25th, 2010, 2:49 pm

Stress does bad things to your body.  Scientists keep learning more about the negative effects that stress has on our physical health.  But did you know that stress also takes a toll on your teeth?

There are so many reasons people are overstressed right now – worries about job security, housing values, retirement plan values, just to name a few.   Dr. Jennifer Ashton, a television medical correspondent, discussed this matter on the CBS Early Show several weeks ago.  According to her report dental offices  across the country  are seeing more and more people abnormally grinding their teeth.

Grinding the teeth in this manner is called Bruxism.  Dr. Ashton explained how teeth grinding can do more than just damage the teeth – it can also affect the muscles surrounding the head and neck which leads to other problems including temporomandibular joint dysfunction or TMJ.

Typically patients do not even know they are grinding their teeth.  Many times their spouse complains about the grinding noise at night and that is how the problem is discovered.  You may be grinding if you have these symptoms:

  • Unusual headaches, especially in the morning
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Facial pain
  • Jaw joint pain
  • Biting the inside of your cheek

Protecting your teeth and jaw joint from TMJ and other damage caused by bruxism calls for a visit to our office.  While my team and I can’t get rid of the stress in your life, we can offer you a serene, relaxing environment where we can create a custom orthotic appliance that will save your teeth, jaw joints and muscles from further damage and allow them to heal.  A healthy, happy jaw joint will relieve your painful symptoms such as headaches and muscle spasms.

Protect your teeth and overall health by scheduling a consultation to discuss your dental health needs.  Please call our Toccoa, Georgia office at 706-886-9439 to find out how my team and I can help your stress related grinding and  pamper you a little too!

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