Is work stressing you out? Are you worried about getting your taxes done? Are there too many things on your to-do list and not enough time in the day to get them done? Too much stress can lead to tooth grinding or clenching, and eventually temporomandibular disorder (TMD) or jaw pain.
Overworking your jaw muscles can cause TMD. Often people don’t even realize they are clenching or grinding. It may happen at night while you are sleeping, or even during the day.
A night guard can help relieve the symptoms and protect your teeth. Over a short period of time, the habit is not detrimental. However, if it is not treated, it can lead to TMD or even cracked tooth syndrome.