Stress and its Effect on Your Teeth

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Stress and its Effect on Your Teeth

It has been reported that a growing number of people are suffering from teeth grinding which has been linked to and increase of stress in individuals’ lives.

In a recent survey by the Chicago Dental Society, it was found that of the 250 dentists who were surveyed, nearly 75 percent of them reported that their patients had experienced increased stress in their lives. Additionally, approximately 65 percent of these dentists said that they have seen a steady upswing in teeth grinding and jaw clenching among their patients.

Beyond damaged dental work and even broken teeth, grinding of the teeth can cause headaches, muscle inflammation and even loss of sleep.

Thankfully, there are a variety of things that can be done in order to soften the effects of teeth grinding. The Chicago Dental Society recommends massaging the jawline to help with pain and pressure and speaking to their dentist about the creation of a mouth guard to protect their teeth at night. It is also suggested that patients who suffer from teeth grinding stay away from caffeine and exercise regularly.

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