Today is World Mental Health Day – it aims to raise awareness about mental health issues and promote mental well-being globally. The theme for 2023 focuses on specific aspects of mental health and wellness.
Did you know there is a strong connection between your dental health and your mental health? The following being some of the signs and symptoms: gum disease, bruxism, mouth ulcers, chipped or cracked teeth, stained yellow teeth…
For example, if your gums are bleeding and are inflamed, they could be indicating more than a simple linear story of poor hygiene. You could be suffering from periodontal – advanced gum diseases which in turn could be a warning sign for other diseases like diabetes, blood-pressure, heart disease, pneumonia, lung disease and osteoporosis.
Here are five signs that you may be grinding your teeth:
- Worn or Flattened Teeth: Teeth that are flat, chipped, or excessively worn down can be a clear indication of teeth grinding.
- Jaw Pain or Tension: Frequent jaw pain, tightness, or discomfort, especially in the mornings, may be a sign of clenching or grinding during sleep.
- Headaches: Regular, unexplained headaches, especially in the temples or the sides of your face, can be a consequence of teeth grinding.
- Tooth Sensitivity: Increased sensitivity in your teeth to hot, cold, or sweet foods and beverages may result from the enamel erosion caused by grinding.
- Chronic Facial Pain: Grinding can lead to chronic facial pain, which may manifest as earaches, jaw pain, or discomfort in the facial muscles.
If you suspect you are grinding your teeth, it’s essential to consult a dentist. We can diagnose the issue and recommend treatments like a nightguard to protect your teeth and alleviate the symptoms.