New Albany, IN (PRWEB) August 19, 2014
New Albany dental expert Dr. Ronald Receveur wants people to know that stress is not only bad for their heart and nerves, it’s also bad for their teeth.
Studies show that bruxism, or teeth grinding, often is stress-related.
Besides wearing away the teeth, Dr. Receveur said bruxism also affects the jaw muscles and temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
“Since it happens while you sleep, most people don’t even know they are doing it until the symptoms start to appear,” he said. “I’m more likely to notice it because of the state of their teeth than they are to tell me about it.”
While teeth grinding doesn’t have a cure, Dr. Receveur said people can follow these five tips to reduce its frequency and consequences:
1. Lower your stress level.
2. Help your jaw relax before bed with a muscle relaxer or warm washcloth.
3. Have your dentist give you a splint, which is a mouth guard that keeps your teeth from rubbing against each other.
4. Cut the caffeine.
5. Cut the alcohol.
Dr. Receveur, who practices in New Albany, Ind., across the Ohio River from Louisville, Ky., offers Louisville cosmetic dentistry services and general dentistry such as teeth cleanings, X-rays, fillings, extractions, root canals, crowns, teeth whitening and veneers.
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