How Stress Affects the Teeth

If you’re under a lot of stress, it’s important to relax your body as soon as possible to avoid damaging your teeth from long-term anxiety habits. A simple soak in the tub and a visit to Dr. Fondriest can help calm your body to relieve your painful behaviors.

How Stress Affects Your Mouth

Stress and anxiety can cause you to grind or clench your teeth. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) is a condition in which your facial muscles, jaws, and teeth are placed under pressure or tension. TMJ symptoms can be painful, uncomfortable, and consequential to your oral health. Some common side effects include:

  • Headaches
  • Jaw pain
  • Ear aches
  • Worn-down teeth
  • Neck pain
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Clicking or popping in jaw

How to Relax

Dr. Fondriest is widely trained in TMJ therapy. Therapy techniques study your symptoms and problems to find a solution to your TMJ. Mouth guards may protect your teeth from unconscious tooth grinding and adjust your jaw to help the muscles relax. Exercises can also help stretch out your muscles and ease the discomfort. However, practicing one simple technique at home may prevent your TMJ problems from getting too serious in the first place. January is National Bath Safety Month, with special emphasis on Bubble Bath Day on January 8. A nice, warm bubble bath after a long day at work can help calm your mood and prevent the stress that causes TMJ. Light a few candles and listen to soothing music to put your body in a state of relaxation and help release your tension.

If you experience any symptoms of TMJ, contact Dr. Fondriest for some therapy techniques to help you relax. Call us at (847) 234-0517 to schedule an appointment. We welcome patients from the North Shore area of Chicago.

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