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Would you be surprised to hear that there are a number of things you should consider doing if you’re interested in protecting your oral heath? You may already know that you’ll need to brush and floss your teeth every day, but did you know that a number of everyday problems might actually influence your oral health? For example, did you know that stress can lead to issues such as bruxism and TMJ disorder?

Bruxism, which is usually referred to as teeth grinding, can actually lead to several serious problems, such as unevenly worn teeth. If your teeth are worn unevenly it may be difficult to keep your teeth as clean as you should. Bruxism can ultimately lead to TMJ disorder.

You see, your TMJ is the joint that controls the movement of your jaw. If your TMJ is damaged, you could struggle to open or close your jaw completely. You may also hear a popping sound when you move your jaw. If you experience any of these symptoms, our team may be able to offer you a number of treatment options. One common choice is a custom mouthpiece. There are other alternatives you can consider including exercise, taking certain medications, and doing things you enjoy to reduce stress.

If you’re interested in hearing more about dealing with TMJ in Middle River, Maryland, we invite you to contact Wassif Family & Cosmetic Dentistry by calling us at 410-687-1162. Our dentist, Dr. Cindy Wassif, and our team will gladly address any questions you may have. We look forward to helping you achieve a healthy, pain-free smile!