Do you often feel discomfort in your face and jaw, especially after eating or speaking for a long time? Have you learned that your teeth are worn down? Have you recently had a tooth that cracked or chipped out of the blue? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be experiencing the effects of bruxism — a common condition in which people grind or clench their teeth. Many patients are surprised to learn they grind their teeth, as it usually happens at night during sleep. Sleep bruxism can be dangerous because it can cause serious damage to your teeth and oral health.
Do you often experience discomfort in your jaw? Does your jaw feel uncomfortable after eating a big meal or after speaking for a long time? There could be a number of reasons your jaw might be giving you trouble. It is not uncommon to have discomfort in your jaw from time to time; however, if it happens frequently, it can be cause for concern. Frequent jaw tenderness or discomfort is a warning sign that there is something more severe happening in your mouth.
Do you often feel overwhelmed? If you answered yes, we completely understand. Many children and teens dream of the day that they are old enough to enjoy the freedoms of adulthood. It isn’t until you reach that time that you quickly realize adulthood is not all it’s cracked up to be. With all that we have experienced over the past year, we are sure that many adults have dreamed about the carefree time of their youths. With all of the responsibilities of adulthood, it is not uncommon to feel stressed at times. While many are aware of the effects of stress on the body, we want to make you aware of the impact that stress has on your oral health as well. Continue reading to learn if you are experiencing stress-related trauma in your mouth.
Do you experience discomfort in your jaws? Does either side of your jaw make a “clicking” sound when you open and close your mouth? Have you ever been unable to completely close your mouth after a huge yawn (or any time) because your jaw seems frozen open? These are just a few of the symptoms you might experience if you have TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder. Read on to learn more about this sometimes debilitating disorder.