One of the first things a lot of people do when they get stressed out is clench their teeth. It is almost as if it is engrained in our DNA as humans. Some do it intentionally, but most of us don't realize we are doing it until our teeth hurt. Stress can damage your entire body.
However, clenching your teeth can do some serious damage to your teeth. If you lead a very stressful life or you notice that you often clench, you need to see your dentist so they can help protect you from yourself.
Relaxing Can Go a Long Way
By clenching your teeth, you are putting a serious amount of stress on your teeth. This can crack your enamel and leave you with broken teeth.
The hardest part about this entire thing is that often, people don't realize they do it, so their teeth end up broken from what seems like an unknown cause. By taking the time to relax, you can seriously help your teeth feel better and remain healthy.
Take a few minutes each day to do something calming. This could be reading for ten minutes, meditating outside for five minutes, or even just taking a warm bath at the end of stressful days. Whatever you find calming, make it a point to add it into your regular routine. The calmer you can keep yourself, the less damage you will do to your teeth.
Your dentist can also help you if you clench your teeth. When you talk with your dentist, let him or her know what is going on. They can help you find the right mouth guard to protect your teeth. All you have to do is put it in your mouth whenever your stress gets up there. The mouth guard can do the rest.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (916) 683-1335 today.