Harley Dental has seen an increased number of patients visiting the practice due to teeth grinding which is often caused by stress and due to today’s hectic busy schedules and lifestyles.
With most businesses now becoming around the clock industries stressful habits can serious health problems and oral health problems. There is also research showing that other problems associated with stress include sleep disturbance, snoring and Upper Airway Resistance syndrome.
What are the symptoms of teeth grinding
- Headaches, neck pain and facial pain
- Increased wear on teeth, broken teeth, chipped front teeth and damage to existing restorations
- Jaw joint pain, clicking and tenderness
Teeth grinding can be caused or brought on by:
- Stress, busy lifestyles and juggling too much
- Interferences between your top and bottom teeth
- Overnight restricted airways – this problem affects women and men equally despite the snoring. This problem leads to disturbed sleep, chronic fatigue, spikes in blood pressure, stress on your heart and can be associated with increased risk of stroke, heart attack and fibromylgia.
Do you grind your teeth?
Have you chipped or broken a tooth with no obvious cause? Do you have restless nights? Do you get headaches or neck pain?
If you have answered yes to any of the above, then book a consultation at the Plymouth Dental Surgery today and they will give you a full diagnosis as well as provide you with a treatment plan to help you and your loved ones get a better night’s sleep.
What can you do if you grind your teeth?
Staff can access the type of grinding, look at other symptoms and then advise you on a suitable treatment plan. This can vary from simple exercises through to specialist splints and mandibular advancement devices. In cases where your dentist feel’s that full OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnoea) might be the issue they sometimes recommend referral to a specialist sleep medicine centre.
Dental Surgeon, Charlie Fox said: “Not only can we help but we have personal experience in helping patients who grind their teeth in their sleep I use an appliance myself which helps me to stop clenching allowing my wife to get a better night’s sleep.”
Here are some tips to help stop you grinding
Why not ask your dentist to make a plastic or acrylic night time appliance for you to wear . Although it may not stop you from grinding, it will redistribute the forces from grinding and protect your teeth from damage.
Your teeth should be touching only when you’re chewing or swallowing. Try and drop your jaw and feel the muscles relax.
Take a warm bath before bedtime this is a fantastic way to unwind after a busy day at work or at home with the kids. Treat yourself to some nice bath salts.
Exercise is the best way to beat stress or depression. When you are feeling a little hot under the collar either at home or at work take a walk or other mild exercise may help relieve some of the tension and stress that’s causing bruxism.
If you’re a daytime clencher, think of ways to remind yourself not to clench. For example, you can put a red dot on your phone, stickers on your wristwatch, or even a string on your finger to remind you to keep your jaw relaxed.