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Beat emergency dentistry by stopping bruxism in its tracks

Mon

Avoiding bruxism could prevent you needing emergency dentistry.A writer has passed on some information she gleaned from her dentist after finding that she was at threat of emergency dentistry as a result of her excessive teeth grinding.

Michele Bell of FitSugar.com said she has fallen victim to bruxism – the scientific name for the problem – regularly and struggles to stop the habit.

"To keep me from cracking my teeth into a bacterial oblivion, my dentist passed on some pointers to me that I'm happy to share," she commented.

Firstly, she was told to cut down on caffeine, which can increase tension and raise the likelihood of bruxism during the night.

Ms Bell was also advised to stop chewing gum, as this can encourage the jaw to mimic the movement even when there is none present.

Finally, the writer's dentist recommended meditating or at least winding down before bedtime to relax the jaw and the rest of the body.

Katie Price was recently revealed to be a sufferer of bruxism.
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Bruxism ‘can cause people to need emergency dentistry if left untreated’

Tue

It may not seem serious, but bruxism can lead to emergency dentistry.People who suffer from bruxism – the medical name for excessive teeth-grinding – should seek help in order to avoid emergency dentistry and other health problems.

This is according to Dr Luisa Dillner, writing for the Guardian, who said that the condition can cause headaches, earaches, jaw pain and damaged teeth.

She explained that it is caused by anxiety and stress, as well as too much coffee or smoking, but can become serious very quickly if left alone.

Dr Dillner recommended that dentists can usually fit mouth guards on sufferers to protect their teeth from needing emergency dentistry later on.

However, people with bruxism could also benefit from cosmetic dentistry to realign their teeth, as it can be caused by them being uneven.

Dentistry.co.uk recently reported that the Bruxism Awareness Week held last month was a great success, helping to draw attention to the often debilitating condition and provide information for those affected.
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Bruxism Awareness Week hailed for potential to reduce emergency dentistry

Wed

Bruxism Awareness Week, which was held recently, could prevent some cases of emergency dentistry.Healthcare professionals have praised the recent Bruxism Awareness Week and its potential to reduce the amount of emergency dentistry necessitated by the condition.

The event was held from October 25th to 31st 2010 and provided information to people all over the UK about the problems caused by excessive teeth grinding, including jaw disorders, headaches, earache and sleep loss, Dentistry.co.uk reports.

Organised by dental splints provider S4S, the week also advised people about what they could do to get help if they suffer from bruxism.

Clinicians told the news provider that the awareness week brought the troubling condition into the spotlight and provided useful information for patients and professionals.

A Facebook group started up to coincide with the event now has more than 100 members.

It was recently revealed that Katie Price suffers from bruxism, as she travelled to Los Angeles to have the damage caused to her dental veneers by grinding repaired.
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Stress ‘could be behind tooth grinding’

Thu

Bruxism may create a need for dental implants.A dentist has agreed that stress could be behind excessive tooth grinding and has suggested ways to prevent it that could avoid a need for emergency dentistry.

Todd Higginbotham, who runs a dental practice in Arizona, told KAIT8 worries about the recession may be leading to more cases of bruxism.

However, he said wearing a night guard on the teeth could avoid them breaking if the problem is especially bad.

As a preventative measure, he also recommended doing exercise to reduce muscle tension and avoiding caffeine late at night to reduce the likelihood of clenching.

Mr Higginbotham said it may be wise to see a dentist if bruxism has already caused damage.

Earlier this month, Dr Sultan Sherzoy from New Jersey said headaches, neck pain and broken teeth are often symptoms of grinding and said dental implants may be needed in extreme cases.

These are false teeth supported by a titanium metal rod inserted into the jawbone which can solve the problem of missing teeth.
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Campaign to highlight tooth grinding

Mon

Campaign to highlight tooth grindingThe dangers of teeth grinding will be highlighted in a new campaign to raise awareness of the condition.

The first ever Bruxism Awareness Week will be run by dental splint specialist S4S from October 25th to 31st and will focus on explaining the condition and its side effects.

Bruxism – also known as teeth grinding – can cause damage and lead to patients seeking emergency dentistry, according to experts.

It was recently reported that the number of people seeking treatment for teeth grinding has risen and it was noted as a worrying trend by Medical News Today.

The publication explained that stress is a key factor in causing the problem and that it is especially common in young children.

Sufferers will be given advice on where to get help and the money raised will be donated to the charity Help 4 Heroes.

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Teeth grinding ‘on the rise’

Wed

More people have started grinding their teeth.

The number of people who grind their teeth is increasing, it has been claimed.

According to CNY Life, the stress of the global recession and the impact this has had on many people’s day-to-day lives has resulted in an increasing number of dentists claiming they are treating people for bruxism – better known as teeth grinding.

New York dentist Dr Vincent DiMento told the publication: “A lot of times, patients don’t even know they’re doing it, until they are made aware.”

He added that for some patients, however, the problem has completely taken over their lives.

Elsewhere, the Windsor Star recently reported that many children suffer from this affliction, but it is not something that parents should be unduly worried about.

Indeed, the newspaper noted that this is often just a phase and can be caused by a range of factors, most of which are to do with the normal growth of a child’s body.

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