Stress catches up with all of us sometimes. With today’s hectic schedules, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed every once and a while. How people deal with their stress varies from person to person though.

One common reaction to stress and anxiety is teeth grinding, or bruxism. Oftentimes, people will grind their teeth without realizing it, especially during stressful situations or in their sleep. Grinding can eventually lead to jaw pain, headaches and earaches and slowly wear down the teeth. Insomnia is also another unhealthy problem that can arise from stress and bruxism.

While it’s easier said than done, the best way to treat grinding and its symptoms is to relax. Taking a few deep breaths when tension begins to build helps to slow things down and relax the body. To help alleviate some of the pain and discomfort from grinding, dentists will often suggest a mouth guard to wear at night, when most of the grinding occurs without people’s knowledge. To learn more about stress related teeth grinding, read the following article. And remember: breathe.