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Survey finds sleep problems like teeth-grinding to be widespread


Sleep problems such as bruxism are widespread, a study has found.A new survey has discovered that sleep problems such as excessive teeth grinding (bruxism), sleep apnoea and insomnia may be more widespread in Britain than originally thought.

The poll, carried out by the Mental Health Foundation, found that almost two-thirds of people suffer from a condition that affects their slumber, with only 39 per cent of adults being able to report that they usually sleep well.

Nearly a quarter of the respondents said they often wake up struggling for breath or have trouble because of bruxism.

These issues also affect people's waking time, with sufferers more likely than those who get enough shut-eye to have depression, problems concentrating or low energy.

Dr Andrew McCulloch, chief executive of the Mental Health Foundation, commented: "It is crucial that we now treat the issue of sleep problems as the major public health concern it is."

Last month, Texan dentist Mac Lee said in the Victoria Advocate that cosmetic dentistry could help people with sleep apnoea.

He explained that sufferers are also often teeth-grinders and so may benefit from a specially-fitted Mandibular Advancement Device.

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Could cosmetic dentistry help your sleep apnoea?Cosmetic dentistry may be able to help people who suffer from sleep apnoea, one expert has attested.

In an interview with the Victoria Advocate, Texan dentist Mac Lee explained that oral healthcare experts are often the first to spot a patient has a problem of this kind, as they may also grind their teeth.

However, he explained that a simple product called a Mandibular Advancement Device – which is like a mouth guard – could prevent the condition because it gently brings the jaw forward and opens up the back of the throat.

"If you or your loved ones have a snoring problem, don't hesitate to discuss treatment options with your dentist," Dr Lee advised.

According to the NHS, sleep apnoea affects approximately four in 100 middle-aged men and two in 100 middle-aged women.

However, people of all ages can also suffer from it and only one in four people know they have sleep apnoea.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800285299-ADNFCR

Take care when brushing, Brits advised


Brits warned to take care when brushing their teeth.

Brits have been advised to take care when brushing their teeth, as failure to do so could see them needing to make a trip to the emergency dentist. tooth brushing

The Irish Independent reported many people brush their teeth too hard and this can be one of the most damaging actions a person can take.

Over-brushing or doing so too vigorously can wear down the enamel of the teeth and this in turn can lead to increased sensitivity or a greater likelihood of decay.

Furthermore, failing to brush properly can result in an increased chance of developing gum disease. Signs of gum disease include swollen gums, bleeding after brushing, bad breath or loose teeth.

However, some toothpastes could also be to blame, as ones that are too abrasive – such as some “tartar control” pastes – can damage both the enamel and the gums.

Elsewhere, the Victoria Advocate recently reported misaligned teeth can be a major cause of tooth loss and this is why grinding of teeth can be a serious problem.

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