When people get stressed out, sometimes they clench their jaw. This is one of the signs of bruxism. Your teeth come together tightly, and you put a lot of pressure on them. This can cause your teeth to crack from the heavy pressure. Not only do you have your stress at that point, but you also have the pain that comes from having a cracked tooth.
If you have found yourself clenching your teeth when you have gotten stressed out, you need to speak with your dentist. They can help to protect your teeth while you work on dialing down your stress levels.
How Your Dentist Helps Avoid Cracked TeethThe simplest explanation about how your dentist can help you avoid cracked teeth is by letting them fit you for a custom mouth guard. This sits in your mouth whenever you get stressed out. The soft guard protects your teeth from the extreme pressures often associated with the clenching going on.
Plus, it keeps your teeth away from each other. This means that if you would normally hold your teeth together, then sometimes grind them, you are avoiding that damage, too.
Stress does more than simply crack your teeth. It can also cause an increase in acid levels and pH in your mouth. This can cause erosion of your tooth's enamel, and increase how many cavities you have. If you are under a lot of stress, it is important that you relay that to your dentist. They can help to keep an extra close eye on your teeth, and may even bring you in to see them a bit more often.
Take the time to let your dentist look over your teeth, and do what you can to reduce your daily stress. That way, your teeth don't pay the price for a hectic moment of your life.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (503) 420-7600 today.