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Maida Smiles (W. London)

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12 Jul
                           

Common Dental Problems You Can Have If You Suffer From Anxiety Or Stress

                           

Most people tend to deal with some degree of stress or anxiety daily.

However, this stressful time has brought growing health concerns, economic pressures, and uncertainties. These combined factors are likely to result in higher stress and anxiety levels. In addition to affecting your mental health, stress can also affect your oral health!

Today’s blog will focus on the dental problems you may experience if you suffer from anxiety or stress.

Teeth Grinding or Clenching

Teeth grinding and jaw clenching are symptoms associated with a condition also known as bruxism. Often, people are unaware that they are grinding their teeth, as most activity usually occurs in your sleep. You may suffer from bruxism if you notice signs of chips, flattened tips or sharp edges. The condition must be diagnosed on time, and you take steps to prevent further damage to your tooth enamel. Maida Smiles Dental Clinic offers several solutions for patients suffering from bruxism, including custom-fitted night guards you can wear while sleeping and even a Botox treatment to help relax your jaw.

TMD and TMJ

Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) are common conditions that affect jaw muscles and joints. Patients suffering from TMD experience popping noises and clicking of their jaws, regular unexplained headaches, and pressure around the temporomandibular joints, the joints in front of your ears (TMJ). In the more progressive stages of the condition, some patients report trouble opening and closing their jaws and eating.

Under abnormal pressure, our muscles tend to feel sore and inflamed. Furthermore, stress provoked by the Coronavirus can also tighten the muscles of our neck, face, and jaw.

Any of us can go through a period of poor mental health and dental problems are reoccurring in people with high stress levels. Everyone experiences anxiety and fear sometimes – these are normal and helpful human emotions that help us deal with danger. However, suppose you feel that you or someone you know is experiencing excessive and irrational anxiety and worries that become ongoing and distressing. In that case, we strongly encourage you to share your concerns during your next dental visit.

If you suspect you may suffer from any of the above mentioned conditions, please do not wait to book your dental checkup at 020 3974 1777.