American stress levels reached an all-time high this past year. The pandemic introduced us to a new way of life and, for some of us, we had to find new ways of managing the increased stress in our daily lives.
According to a recent New York Times report, migraines, sensitive teeth, and jaw pain were just a few dental pains that increased during the shutdown. Tooth fracture cases also saw an increase, most likely due to the increasing reports of bruxism. All of these symptoms are thought to be directly correlated to the overall increased amount of stress during the pandemic. You may be clenching or grinding your teeth more than you think to cope. Read on for more information about cracked teeth, some at-home remedies that may help, and when you should see your dentist.
Everything You Should Know About Bruxism
Bruxism is a dental term used to describe teeth grinding or jaw clenching, both of which can lead to cracked teeth. The tricky thing about bruxism is that it typically occurs at night, so most people who suffer from it don’t even realize they do it. You may be suffering from bruxism if you have severe headaches, damaged tooth enamel, disrupted sleep, or pain in your neck, jaw, or face.
Children are more likely to suffer from bruxism, as are those who suffer from ADHD, sleep apnea, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s disease. Anger and stress are commonly linked to bruxism as well.
To reduce your chances of developing bruxism, utilize relaxation techniques at bedtime like going for a walk, listening to calming music, or taking a warm bath. You should also reduce your intake of caffeine and alcohol.
If you believe you are suffering from bruxism, and these at home remedies aren’t doing the trick, talk to your dentist. They can help you get a custom bruxism night guard which would help reduce your symptoms.
Using a Bruxism Night Guard to Fight Cracked Teeth
Bruxism night guards are painless and non-invasive. They’re the basic size and shape of the whitening trays your dentist uses. A night guard acts as a cushion for your teeth when you clench or grind them. It won’t stop you from grinding or clenching, but it will reduce the adverse effects these have on your teeth. The best way to prevent cracked teeth due to bruxism is by getting a night guard.
Why Suffer? Let Your Dentist Help You Today!
When untreated, bruxism can lead to a loss of as much as 2mm of tooth enamel in just a few years. It also increases your risk of cavities and need for root canals. Needless to say, getting a dental consultation should be at the top of your to-do list.
If you are suffering any of these symptoms and think you may be suffering from bruxism, contact LeCroy Dental today for a consultation. Our practice strives to provide you with the expert dental solutions you need in a comfortable and hospitable environment.
Why suffer from cracked teeth? Call us today and get the care you need!