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Increase in bruxism ‘could lead to more emergency dentistry’


People suffering from bruxism may have to have emergency dentistry.Oral healthcare professionals have warned that there could be an increase in emergency dentistry if people do not act to stop excessive teeth grinding.

Also known as bruxism, the Irish Dental Association said it has seen a sharp increase in cases, which it attributed to the economic downturn.

Usually, around one in five patients suffers from the condition, but many more are now visiting their dentists with the headaches, sore jaws and tooth damage caused by it.

Dr Dermot Canavan said: "There has been a substantial increase in the number of patients suffering from this condition. From talking to patients, it is clear that many are facing severe financial pressures."

He added that anyone suffering from such symptoms should seek help in order to prevent emergency dentistry.

Last month, Michele Bell of recently said she was advised to cut down on caffeine by her dentist after beginning to suffer from bruxism.

Beat emergency dentistry by stopping bruxism in its tracks


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 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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