Are you absolutely, completely certain that you’re not doing anything to put your oral health in harm’s way? If you’re slowly shaking your head from side to side, as you think about the question, you may be at a bit of a loss. You know that you brush and floss but aside from that, you aren’t really sure if you’re accidentally stressing your teeth or not! While you may not feel sure about where to begin, you can simply start by taking our Southlake, TX team’s ideas into consideration and you’ll quickly be able to assess your own daily habits! Need a visit? Just contact us!
You’re Grinding Or Clenching Due To Stress
How do you deal with stress when you’re really feeling it? Are you already well aware that you’re someone who tends to grind your teeth back and forth or do you tighten up your jaws, clenching teeth together? If this is something you’re conscious of, we strongly suggest you try to stop doing it! All of that pressure can actually damage teeth and jaw joints. The friction can wear them down. You may not realize that over time, the damage to your oral health can become serious, so take this as your reminder!
You Have Bruxism
Now, let’s talk about the tendency to clench and grind that does not include your being aware of the problem: It’s called bruxism disorder, it’s not something you do voluntarily, and it can really hurt your teeth. If you don’t want to end up with damage, we urge you to let us provide you with bruxism treatment! Not sure how to know if you have it? Don’t worry: We can identify it for you during one of your routine checkups with us.
You’re Nibbling As Habit
Are you biting your nails? Chewing on the end of your eyeglasses arms? Gnawing on the pen that sits on your desk? Whatever it is, though you may think of it as just relaxing, mindless nibbling, it can cause stress to your teeth! It can also overwork your jaw joints. Do your oral health a favor by skipping this type of habit, which can yield problems like bruxism and TMJ disorder and that can end up leading to chipped, fractured, broken teeth, and even some discomfort.
Treat Teeth Gently With Our Tips
Remember to practice a bit of caution when it comes to your oral health by remembering not to stress your teeth! Remain mindful of your actions and, when in doubt, ask us for our advice to protect your smile. Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and surrounding areas.