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Stress can affect dental health

Wed

Members of the Saving Teeth campaign have warned dental patients that stress could be impacting on their teeth as well as their general health. Bruxism – grinding or clenching of teeth – affects around ten percent of the UK population, and is known to wear away enamel, fracture teeth, and cause severe jaw problems.

Endodontic specialist, Julian Webber, has spoken about the lack of information about stress related bruxism, saying that people should talk to their dentist if they are having problems with clenching or grinding, particularly at nighttime. Dr Webber pointed out that it was important to stop the process of wear before it gets unmanageable, saying that the average persons tooth is put under enormous pressure as it is, including fractures, fillings, infections, root canals, and other dental procedures. He said ‘If you add stress into the mix and have people with filled teeth clenching and grinding, they can develop a range of problems in their teeth and jaws. I can generally tell the patients who are stressed just by looking into their mouths’.

24th-30th of October is Bruxism Awareness Week, and campaigners are asking people who think they might be suffering from stress-related dental problems to take advantage of the opportunity and ‘talk to your dentist about wear and tear on your teeth and how he or she can help you’.

Children ‘outgrow teeth grinding’

Sat

Many children grow out of grinding their teeth.

The parents of children who grind their teeth have been reassured that in many cases this is a phase that they will grow out of.

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

In fact, teeth grinding – or bruxism as it is also known – can be caused by a range of factors, most of which are to do with the normal growth of a child’s body.

The publication noted: “The reasons why it happens with these youngsters are not well known or understood at this point. Some clinicians feel it is related to differences in the rates of upper and lower jaw development.”

Elsewhere, the Tennessean recently reported that more dentists are seeing patients who have damaged their oral health through excessive teeth grinding.

Indeed, the newspaper revealed that research from the Chicago Dental Society has shown 65 per cent of dentists have claimed an increase in treating this condition over the last six months.

Teeth grinding ‘linked to stress’

Tue

People are grinding their teethmore.

More dentists are seeing patients who have damaged their oral health through excessive teeth grinding, it has been revealed.

The Tennessean reported that workplace stresses and financial worries are leading to more people grinding their teeth and pointed to research from the Chicago Dental Society that showed 65 per cent of dentists have claimed an increase in treating this condition.

“I’ve seen more cracked teeth in the last six months than I have ever seen – and I have been practising for 40 years,” said Dan Hixon, a dentist in Hermitage.

Elsewhere, Divine Caroline – an online health and wellbeing publication – recently reported that investing in a night guard could be a solution to this problem 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.

The publication stated that for the best results sufferers should consult a dental professional.

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.

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