Chronic stress is well known to have an impact on your physical, medical, and neurological health. However, it can also have a negative impact on the health of your teeth and the temporomandibular joints that hinge your jaw.
Unresolved stress can cause you to unconsciously grind your teeth at night on a regular basis. This condition, which is known as bruxism can cause chips on the biting surfaces of your teeth.
Once a tooth has been compromised in this way the damaged tooth enamel could come to trap residual plaque and food material. This can gradually start to foster a large cavity deep inside the already damaged tooth.
The continued tension in your jaw muscles and temporomandibular joints can also contribute to the discomfort and dysfunction of TMJ disorder.
One effective way to reduce your chances of suffering a problem like this is to sleep with a quality dental guard in your mouth. This is a soft yet durable mouth piece that cushions the biting surfaces of your teeth while allowing a slight amount of slip.
If you live in the Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, area and you need a dental guard to protect your mouth from further night grinding complications, you should call 201.944.1969 to schedule an appointment at 201 Dental Care. Dr. Jeffrey Susman and Dr. Jessica Gorelik look forward to helping you maintain a healthy, confident smile!