Different people deal with stress and anxiety in different ways. One common response to stress that is often unconscious is bruxism, also known as teeth grinding.
Experienced by somewhere between half and 96 percent of the adult population, teeth grinding isn't always a serious habit, but if left unnoticed, it can have grave consequences. These consequences include the wearing down of enamel and eventual loss of teeth altogether, and painful disorders, such as TMJ. More common and less serious symptoms include facial pain and jaw clicking-- although the latter could be considered more serious if the jaw joint were to become arthritic.
Periodontal disease affects millions of Americans. The CDC estimates that 47.2 percent of adults older than 30 have it in some form and 70.1 percent of adults over the age of 65 have it. This disease can lead to pain, loss of teeth, problems with the jaw and numerous other issues that can become lifelong problems.
The most effective way is to begin treating periodontal disease in its earliest stages. This allows progression to not only be halted, but to also be reversed with the right amount of care.
Gingivitis can be considered the earliest stage of periodontal disease. Learning how to recognize it and what can be done to treat it can be essential to keeping your mouth free of periodontal disease. Your teeth and your whole mouth will thank you when you do.