Do You Grind Your Teeth? Maybe it’s Stress

From ALLtech dental provider Delta Dental of Washington

When it comes to stress, we’re all aware of the physical – and mental – tolls it can take. Increased sweating, anxiety, rapid heart rate, depression, restlessness, social withdrawal, and changes in mood and behavior are some of the most common signs you’re dealing with a lot of pent-up stress.

But sometimes, stress presents in the mouth in the form of teeth grinding, or bruxism, which can have detrimental effects on the health of your teeth and gums.

Some of the common symptoms may include:

  • Teeth grinding or clenching, which may be loud enough to wake your sleep partner.
  • Teeth that are flattened, fractured, chipped or loose.
  • Worn tooth enamel, exposed deeper layers of your tooth.
  • Increased tooth pain or sensitively.
  • Tired or tight jaw muscles.
  • Jaw, neck or face pain or soreness.
  • Pain that feels like earache.
  • Dull headache.
  • Damaged from chewing on the inside of your cheek.
  • Sleep disruption.

April is Stress Awareness Month and we’re calling attention to the hidden ways stress wreaks havoc on your smile.

For more information of bruxism, check out our blog. If you’re concerned you might be grinding your teeth, visit or schedule an appointment to see your dentist.

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