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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.

Acupuncture ‘can ease dentistry fears’

Wed

Acupuncture could be of use in reducing anxiety.

People worried about emergency dentistry treatments might like to have acupuncture sessions in order to reduce their anxiety, it has been stated.

A study by researchers from Sheffield and Denmark showed that in the majority of cases, anxiety levels can be reduced following acupuncture, as the body releases natural chemicals to calm a person.

Those that took part in the research all claimed to have had a fear of the dentist for between two and 30 years, yet the results showed that typical levels of stress were more than halved for those who underwent acupuncture.

“Acupuncture prior to dental treatment has a beneficial effect on the level of anxiety in patients with dental anxiety and may offer a simple and inexpensive method of treatment,” the study’s authors noted.

Elsewhere, the CNN Wellness blog recently reported that not coping with stress properly can lead to real problems with oral health, as people tend to grind their teeth more.

Indeed, the post revealed that in many cases, people who are stressed do not realise they are grinding their teeth, as they do it in their sleep.

Brits advised on teeth grinding

Thu

People should use a mouthguard if they suffer from grinding their teeth.

People looking to stop grinding their teeth have been offered some helpful advice on the matter.

Divine Caroline – an online health and wellbeing publication – has reported investing in a night guard could be a solution for many, as the majority of people grind their teeth during their sleep and are unaware they are doing it until damage has been caused.

However, for the best results people sufferers should consult with a dental professional, as over-the-counter mouthguards often do not fit properly and can cause other problems for users, such as preventing them from sleeping due to discomfort.

Elsewhere, the CNN Wellness blog recently reported not coping with stress properly can lead to real problems with oral health as people tend to grind their teeth more.

It noted that in many cases, people who are stressed do not realise they are grinding their teeth as they do it in their sleep, but this does not mean the damage caused is any less severe.

Stress ‘increases teeth grinding’

Tue

Stress could make people grind their teeth without knowing.

Not coping with stress properly can lead to real problems with oral health as people tend to grind their teeth more, it has been claimed.

The CNN Wellness blog revealed in many cases, people who are stressed do not realise they are grinding their teeth as they do it in their sleep, but this does not mean the damage caused is any less severe.

Indeed, a study, led by Maria Giraki from Heinrich-Heine-University in Germany, showed individuals diagnosed with sleep bruxism could benefit from using bite plates to stop them grinding down their teeth during the night, as this can lead to increased sensitivity and long-term damage to the enamel.

Elsewhere, the Times recently reported that in many cases teeth grinding is a result of having an imperfect bite, although stress can also be a factor in a person increasing their tendency to grind their teeth.

‘Teeth suffer’ during downturn

Wed

More people are griding their teeth.

Teeth grinding is becoming a bigger problem as a result of continuing financial problems and stress for patients, it has been claimed. teeth grinding

A survey carried out in the US by the Chicago Dental Society revealed 75 per cent of dentists reported the patients say their level of stress has increased in their lives since the onset of the economic downturn, with 65 per cent of dental health professionals reporting an increase in patients’ jaw clenching and teeth grinding.

The Dental Society noted severe teeth grinding can cause headaches, as well as creating sleep problems and resulting in inflamed gums.

Elsewhere, Cosmetic Dentistry Guide recently reported smokers have been warned that the habit could be damaging to their oral health.

New Jersey emergency dentistry professional Dr Sherzoy, who practices in Bergen County, claimed smoking can cause both tooth and bone loss in the jaw.

He warned the habit can cause bad breath, tooth discolouration and inflammation of saliva producing glands.

Brits ‘grind teeth without knowing’

Fri

People grind their teeth when they least expect it.

People could be grinding their teeth without even knowing it and this could be causing them to have a range of problems including headaches, toothache or a sore jaw. teeth grinding

My Local Health reported bruxism – as the problem is technically known – happens more often than people realise, with many grinding their teeth during their sleep.

Figures from Advanced Dental Care showed a quarter of all people suffer from this condition, with things like stress and anxiety or problems sleeping being major developmental factors.

“Beyond causing discomfort, grinding can eventually damage dental restorations and possibly loosen teeth. It can also cause damage to the temporomandibular joints,” the article noted.

The temporomandibular joints are the ones which connect a person’s jaw to their skull.

Elsewhere, individuals who suffer from sensitive teeth might be pleased to learn that Colgate has launched a new toothpaste designed to tackle this problem.

Its new Sensitive Pro-Relief product contains an active ingredient designed to fill the pores in teeth that lead to nerve-endings, thereby making them less painful.

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