This time of year is magical; full of wonder and fond memories just waiting to be made. Unfortunately it also one of the most stressful times for many of us as we rush to keep up with mounting expectations of the season and rising costs. 77% of Canadians suffer from some form of excess stress, this according to a recent survey by Sun Life Financial’s 2013 Health Index. Even the Public Health Agency of Canada has recommendations on dealing with holiday stress and depression which you can find here if you’re having trouble managing.
Teeth grinding is primarily caused by stress. Grinding your teeth is most commonly done at night when you are asleep, so you may or may not be aware that you are grinding your teeth—although you may have a headache and stiffness of your jaw the next morning. In order to tell whether you have been grinding your teeth or not, visit a 123Dentist.com location—a dentist will be able to examine your teeth and let you know if you have been grinding your teeth.
What is a TMJ?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects your lower jaw, or your mandible, to your skull. You have two of these joints, one located on either side of your mouth. Your TMJ is extremely flexible and can slide, rotate and move in various directions depending on your needs. The TMJ also contains muscles that allow you to open and close your mouth so you can chew, talk, yawn, and brush/floss your teeth.
Learn how to identify the main signs of teeth grinding.
Is your stress affecting your overall sleep habits? Do you wake up in the morning feeling tired? If you do, you might want to check with your dental health professional to see if you unconsciously grind your teeth at night.
While your sleep habits aren’t the only way to tell if you’re grinding your teeth, it’s a pretty good indication that you might be. Check out the information below to see if this applies to you.
Has anyone ever told you that you grind your teeth in your sleep? Perhaps a parent or partner may even try to wake you up while you’re grinding. Unfortunately, most people who grind their teeth in their sleep don’t even know they’re doing it. Teeth grinding is one of the most common sleep disorders referred to as bruxism in the medical profession. The symptoms are broad and far reaching and include jaw stiffness and soreness, anxiety, stress, depression, headaches as well as insomnia.
If you suffer from jaw pain, frequent headaches, and worn teeth, you are likely grinding your teeth at night while you sleep. Bruxism (commonly known as ‘teeth grinding’) is a common problem that can compromise your quality of life by reducing the function of your teeth and causing chronic pain in your neck and jaw.
In today’s fast paced society, stress is an inevitable part of life and one of the ways stress can manifest itself is through involuntary tooth grinding while you sleep. Besides the fact that it can be loud enough to disturb your sleeping partner, bruxism can keep you from getting the peaceful rest you need to perform at your best. It can also cause significant pain and headaches during your waking hours, hindering your capacity to enjoy your life and live it to the fullest.