Stress and TMJ

With the high unemployment rate, high foreclosure rate and an uncertain economy, many of us are feeling very stressed these days.  Stress, if not dealt with properly, can have a negative affect on your overall health, including your dental health.  In some cases, stress can cause a person to clench or grind their teeth.  This can cause damage to your teeth and gums and lead to migraine headaches, TMJ and other jaw disorders.  In fact, many dentists are reporting a higher than usual number of patients who are coming into their offices seeking treatment for migraine headaches and TMJ.  So what can be done about it?

If you are experiencing the symptoms of TMJ such as headache, dizziness, a popping sound in your jaw and ringing in the ears, you may want to schedule an appointment with your dentist so he or she can check for signs that you are clenching or grinding your teeth.  Many times, this happens at night and you may or may not be aware of it.  You dentist can also examine your teeth to see if your clenching and/or grinding has caused any damage to your teeth, gums or jaw.  If it is determined that clenching or grinding your teeth is causing your pain and other symptoms, you may need to be fitted for a custom mouthguard.

Pure Dental Health offers the FDA approved NTI Night Guard system.  The NTI night guard is much smaller than other night guards.  It’s smaller size and more comfortable fit makes patients more likely to want to wear it.  If your stress is negatively affecting your dental health, call Pure Dental Health and schedule an appointment with Dr. Justin Scott today.

Posted on the Behalf of Pure Dental Health.