If you deal with stress by grinding or clenching your teeth when either awake or asleep, you risk damaging your smile. You can cause your teeth to chip, crack or even break. You may also wear down the enamel on your teeth, increasing your chances of cavities or an infection, which could require a root canal. Grinding and clenching, also known as bruxism, can further result in pain or stiffness in your neck and jaw and even increased headaches, especially right after waking up in the morning.
This may be something you do while you sleep, or you may even catch yourself clenching your jaw during the day. At Village Dental, our dentists and team create custom mouth guards in The Villages, Florida, that can help you keep your smile intact and relieve pain. In addition, if you exercise regularly or participate in any activity that could result in damage to your smile, you may want to consider wearing a mouth guard.
If you are interested in learning how to protect your smile, call 352-633-4145 today. One of our team members can schedule you for an appointment at one of our three conveniently located, golf cart-accessible offices.