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Stress and Teeth Grinding Marietta, GA

Stress and Teeth Grinding

In today’s fast-paced society, there are few of us who actually live a stress-free life. Unfortunately, stress can manifest itself in ways that harm your health. Subconscious habits like teeth grinding are very common among adults and even children. Teeth grinding, or bruxism, can happen during the day, but it is often a nighttime occurrence. Bruxism is derived from the Greek word that means “gnashing of teeth.” As its name insinuates, teeth grinding can be quite destructive.

A nightly habit of grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw can cause the enamel of your teeth to wear down. Remember that your enamel cannot rebuild or repair itself. In addition, the TMJ (or jaw joint) can be especially strained and overworked in patients who grind.

Since teeth grinding is usually a subconscious habit, you may not be aware that you do it while you sleep. Many patients are told by their bed partner about their disruptive habit. However, if you don’t have someone to reveal your problem, there are some common warning signs of bruxism to encourage you to seek treatment:

  • Tightening, pain or soreness in the jaw muscles upon waking
  • Unexplained tension headache
  • A wearing of your natural teeth on the biting surfaces
  • Broken fillings
  • Injured gums (in severe cases)

For some, teeth grinding symptoms can be relieved by reducing stress, whether that is exercising more, meditating daily, eating better or speaking with a counselor. However, many patients need a custom night guard to protect their smile and treat their teeth grinding habit effectively. At Gilreath Family Dentistry, we proudly offer high quality, comfortable mouthguards so that your sleep and smile are restored the way you deserve.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Our Client Reviews
Gilreath Family Dentistry

5.0 / 5.0

Based on 307 reviews


Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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Gilreath Family Dentistry

200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060

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