Posted on 4/10/2019 by Robert Leale
|Many people assume that bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a sleep disorder. This is not necessarily true, as recently we have discovered a direct link between emotional stability and bruxism.
Heightened stress and anxiety physically manifests itself in many ways in our bodies and bruxism is one of them. Today we are going to look at ways to manage stress and anxiety levels to help reduce bruxism.
Stress, Anxiety, and Bruxism, Oh My!Teeth grinding can lead to many other complications with your oral health. Excessive wear on the enamel of your teeth, chipped or cracked teeth and even TMJ can be a result of bruxism. Tension in your neck and shoulders are another sign that you may be grinding your teeth in the night.
Bruxism can be the physical manifestation of stress, anger, anxiety or frustration in your everyday life. But how to eliminate that so that it doesn't have a negative effect on your oral health?
The first step is to identify the stress in your life. Begin to address these stressful areas and work on finding ways to relax. Relaxation techniques can help provide you with relief from emotional and mental stress as well as reduce bruxism.
Meditation and yoga are two very effective ways to manage stress in your life. There are many apps and websites available that offer free guided meditations, feel free to try several different ones and find the one that works for you.
Yoga is helpful in the same way that meditation is in that it is the practice of quieting the mind and becoming in tune with your body. It has the added bonus of physical activity which also reduces stress.
Take time to reevaluate your life and see if there are other ways you can simplify your life and reduce stress. If you need more tips, please call our office, we are here for you.