The Effects on Your Dental Health
The past many months have been difficult and challenging for us all. Whether you have suffered the effects of the virus personally or not, all of our lives have been changed in some way. A simple trip to the grocery store or other errand that was completed quickly and without any thought now has the added step of remembering a mask and being sure to have hand sanitizer to apply immediately following your exit from the store. All of the changes in our lives from virtual learning, working from home, and holiday plans being adjusted or cancelled has added stress to our lives. Many patients are noticing a change in their dental health related to the current stress and situations they are experiencing.
What is Bruxism?
If you are experiencing facial and jaw discomfort, you may be suffering from a condition known as bruxism. Bruxism is a condition in which you grind or clench your teeth. Many times it happens unknowingly and can occur during the day and while you sleep. Due to the recent pandemic, more patients have been suffering from this condition and, having never experienced it before, are uncertain as to what they are feeling or how to help their symptoms. If untreated, bruxism can cause serious dental damage such as cracked teeth, worn enamel, and even tooth loss. Symptoms of bruxism can include:
- Teeth grinding or clenching, which may become noticeable to others
- Worn enamel causing tooth sensitivity
- Flattened, chipped, or cracked teeth
- Frequent headaches
- Sore jaw and facial muscles
One Possible Solution
One solution that we recommend to assist in dealing with bruxism is the use of a bite guard. Similar to a mouthguard used when playing sports, a bite guard is a protective device used in the mouth that protects the teeth and gums from possible injury to the teeth. The customized device is specific to your bite patterns and will assist in the proper alignment of your teeth.
If you feel that you may be suffering from any of the symptoms associated with bruxism, please call our office located in Spring Hill, FL to schedule an appointment. We will evaluate the situation and determine if you are a candidate for a bite guard. We are here to help relieve your bruxism symptoms and restore your oral health.