Research has found a link between stress and teeth grinding, which 70 percent have reported. Known as bruxism, teeth grinding can go undetected as the most common symptom is a headache, usually concentrated at the temples of the head. Other symptoms include sleep disorders, ear ache, and stiff muscles in the jaw, shoulders and neck. The teeth will also show signs of wear, cracks and tooth loss can result.
Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and managing partner at Newton Wellesley Dental Partners has been treating teeth grinding and TMJ therapy for over thirty years. “Many people grind their teeth at night and we used custom-made, hard appliances (with a softer, resilient liner) to lessen the impact of this significant force” says Johnson. “The night guard is designed to absorb the impact and spread the force out over all the teeth instead of allowing it to wear away the enamel”.
What the doctor says: ‘If you suspect that you are suffering from Bruxism, it is important to see your dentist who can provide a proper diagnosis”.
“Grinding your teeth can be triggered by several factors including an underlying sleep disorder, stress and anxiety or a result of dietary intakes such as alcohol and caffeine”.
“Your dentist will recommend a guard specially made for your teeth to create a protective barrier from friction to prevent increased tooth wear and reduce discomfort of the jaw muscles.”
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