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Cures for the grinding holiday stress

November 13, 2017

One of the most stressful times of the year is during the holidays. Between Thanksgiving and New Years, partying and family gatherings are at the top of the list.  But for many, somewhere along the way, the stress, the unrealistic expectations and the unreasonable demands show up; and the next thing you know, you’re anxious, depressed, over-tired.

If you have been waking up with your teeth clenched, and your head muscles in painful spasm, you might seriously consider seeing your dentist for some resolution, before you do some significant harm to your dentition or you temporal mandibular joint (TMJ).


Most people are unaware that they grind their teeth. However, a dull, constant headache or sore jaw is a telltale symptom. In some cases, bruxism can result in a fracturing, loosening, or loss of teeth. The chronic grinding or clenching may wear teeth down to stumps. Definitely not pretty, and real expensive to restore. So prevention really is key here.


I remember one patient told me that she felt she had literally “eaten her teeth away.”  She felt that her entire face had shrunk, making her look much older and more worn than her true age. And her lower teeth were now the same size as grains of rice.


If you suspect you may be grinding your teeth, talk to us, at Oakville North Dentistry.. Not only can we examine your mouth and jaw for signs of bruxism, but we can also fabricate a custom night guard to prevent further damage.

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