stress causing teeth to hurt

Is Stress Causing my Teeth to Hurt

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stress causing teeth to hurtPalm Beach Gardens and Jupiter, Florida

Are you currently experiencing sensitivity in your teeth? Stress could be causing the problem. There are a few ways that stress can negatively affect your oral health, leading to sensitive teeth.

Teeth clenching and grinding at night is the most common way that stress impacts your teeth. Also known as bruxism, this bad oral habit can place as much as 250 pounds of pressure on your teeth. Sound like a lot? It is! In addition to making teeth more sensitive, this pressure also can cause damage your teeth, and lead to jaw joint disorders.

The most common treatment for bruxism is wearing a bite guard, also referred to as a mouth guard. We strongly recommend obtaining a custom-made bite guard from your dentist, as opposed to one of the sleep guards available over the counter. The professional-grade mouth guards available from a reputable dentist will be made of higher-quality materials and customized to fit your teeth and mouth perfectly.

Oral hygiene can be compromised by stress. Daily life can be hectic and, when you get stressed out, it is easy to forget day-to-day tasks, yes, even brushing and flossing. When life is giving you an inordinate amount of stress, remember to take care of your teeth by brushing at least twice per day and flossing daily.

If you are experiencing an increase in the tooth sensitivity, you should schedule an appointment with the dentist as soon as possible. If stress is the cause, then you also should seek out different ways you can relieve some of that stress. An extreme amount of stress, over time, can lead to other serious health problems so do what you can to minimize the stress to remain happy and healthy over the long run.

PGA Smiles offers mouth guards to protect your teeth and jaws from the effects of bruxism, and can treat sensitive teeth and much more. Call our office at (561) 627-7090 to schedule an appointment.

PGA Smiles is proud to offer comprehensive oral health care to patients in the areas of Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens in South Florida.

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