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As you may already know, there are a number of steps you’ll need to take if you’re interested in protecting your mouth. You may already understand that you’ll need to floss and brush your pearly whites every day, however, are you aware that there are a number of everyday issues that might actually influence your teeth and gums? For instance, high levels of stress can lead to dental issues such as bruxism and TMJ disorder.

Bruxism, which is typically called teeth grinding, might lead to a few serious issues including unevenly worn teeth, gum disease, and tooth decay. And if your pearly whites are worn unevenly you might struggle to keep your teeth as clean as you need to.

In addition, bruxism can also cause TMJ disorder. You see, your temporomandibular joint controls the movement of your jaw. If your TMJ is hurt, you may struggle to close or open your jaw as far as it should. You might also hear a popping or clicking sound when you move your jaw. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we may suggest several solutions. One solution is a custom mouthpiece. Another option is taking medications and engaging in relaxing activities you enjoy to reduce your stress levels.

If you would like to learn more about coping with TMJ in Charlotte, North Carolina, we invite you to contact Scott A. Young, DDS by calling 704-541-5900 today. Our dentist, Dr. Scott A. Young, and our dental team will gladly answer any questions you might have. We look forward to helping you achieve a pain-free smile!