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Have you heard that stress can impact your health? Stress can also lead to oral health problems, such as bruxism, which is often referred to as teeth grinding. While this may not seem like a serious problem, did you know that bruxism could actually cause a number of serious issues?

Unfortunately, people tend to grind their teeth when they’re nervous or stressed. Teeth grinding can actually wear down your tooth, which might ultimately cause tooth loss. Also, if your teeth are uneven, bacteria and plaque can be more difficult to remove. This may leave you more vulnerable to cavities and tooth decay. Bruxism can actually lead to other issues, including temporomandibular joint disorder.

If you have temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ disorder, you may have a hard time opening and closing your mouth. Your jaw may also become stuck. These issues occur because your temporomandibular joint actually controls the movement of our jaw. TMJ disorder can lead to frequent headaches and a sore jaw.

If you think you have TMJ, your doctor may be able to help you address its underlying cause. Our team may also recommend a custom oral appliance to help you cope with your TMJ.

To learn more about what you can do to deal with TMJ disorder in Gilbert, Arizona, please feel free to give Island Dental a call at 480-719-7941. Our dentist, Dr. Naman B. Patel and our team will gladly inspect your teeth and offer you the care you deserve. We look forward to restoring your pain-free smile!