Is The Holiday Stress Causing You TMJ Pain?

Holiday Stress?The holiday season means many different things to different people. For some, it’s joy and family. For the kids it’s presents and Santa, but for you, it may just mean a lot more stress.

There is, of course, the utter madness of holiday shopping, not to mention the cooking and all the decorating. Then there’s the logistics, how to get everyone together in one place at the same time. And of course, the big question, who is paying for all of this “holiday joy?” You are, along with your regular bills, the new set of winter tires you need, and …

If you’re barely able to focus on this sentence through the deafening sound of your teeth grinding, then this article is for you!

Unwrap a Boxful of Bruxism

If you suffer from Bruxism, or grinding your teeth, you have probably noticed that it gets worse in stressful situations.

Not only does teeth grinding just plain wear down your teeth, it can also lead to a huge list of other problems. Bruxism can cause headaches, muscle pain, gum disease, loss of sleep, just to name a few. Not to mention all that jaw muscle movement can cause damage to the Temporomandibular Joint, or TMJ.

Steps to Reduce TMJ Damage

So how can you combat all this stress-induced Bruxism? First things first, you don’t just grind your teeth during the day, you can also grind them at night while you sleep. So, getting a mouth guard to wear while you sleep is key. That’s going to go a long way to help preserve the condition of your teeth.

Cut back on caffeine, alcohol, and cigarette smoking. These things can all help to aggravate your teeth grinding habits.

Finally it’s very important that you see a dentist right after the holidays, not only for the stress-induced teeth grinding but also all of the sugary holiday foods that could be adding up to some pretty extensive damage to your teeth. As soon as all the season’s chaos stops it’s best to make an appointment to come in and see Dr. Matthews as soon as possible. Call it a late Christmas present to your teeth.

Dan Matthews DDS
Dan Matthews Dan Matthews DDS The Park at Eanes Creek,
4407 Bee Cave Road
Building 2, Suite 221
Austin, Texas, 78746
(512) 452-2273
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