Stress can impact the human body in a variety of ways. One potential side effect of chronic stress is that it can cause you to grind your teeth at night on a regular basis. While this might not seem serious at first, this condition, known as bruxism, can lead to a host of oral health complications.
The unnatural tension applied to the tooth enamel of the biting surface, can chip, and fracture multiple teeth. These damaged areas can then passively trap bacterial residue and food particles fostering significant areas of tooth decay.
Without some sort of preventative measure, the muscular tension caused by bruxism can lead to inflammation in the temporomandibular joints that hinge your jaw. The chronic ache and complications of TMJ disorder can have a significant impact on your oral function, and potentially impact your quality of life.
One way to prevent these problems is to have Dr. Ponce fit you for a custom dental guard at her Tucson, Arizona orthodontic clinic. This soft plastic mouthpiece allows some slip between your teeth. It helps reduce the tension of clenching the jaw while offering padding to prevent chips and fractures tooth enamel.
If you live in the Tucson, Arizona area and you grind your teeth at night on a regular basis, you should call 520-326-1101 to schedule a dental guard consultation with Dr. Ponce.