There are healthy and unhealthy responses to stress. One of the worst for your oral health is bruxism. Also known as teeth grinding, bruxism is often an unconscious reaction, and for many patients, it causes the most trouble at night during sleep.
Symptoms of bruxism include:
- Jaw pain
- Sensitive teeth
- Anxiety or stress
But as serious as these symptoms are, what’s most pressing about bruxism is that it can cause extensive damage to teeth and, if left untreated, can lead to temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD).
Treatment is possible, though, with a nightguard from Livonia Dental Group. A nightguard is an orthotic appliance that’s custom made to fit your smile and prevent your teeth from grinding together while you sleep. And what’s more, Dr. Fox can also talk with your about effective stress and anxiety management techniques that will help you deal with stress more effectively.
Don’t let bruxism destroy your smile. Call Livonia Dental Group to schedule an appointment with Dr. Fox. We serve patients from Redford, Canton, Wayne, Farmington, and Novi and Northville, in addition to patients from Plymouth, Westland, Romulus, Taylor, and beyond.