With the pace at which the world goes, and with you having to do a lot of work both at school and at home, a lot of us are no strangers to work and school related stress.
Stress can make us do a variety of things ranging from frowning our faces and clenching our jaws. The fact is we tend to hold a lot of the tension we are feeling in our jaws, neck and face and doing so for long may result in us ‘eating’ or grinding our teeth while we sleep.
The condition of grinding your teeth while you sleep is known as Bruxism. This condition is actually quite common as it has been estimated that between 10 to 20 percent of adults deal with it according to a research study conducted at Columbia University. Dentists say that this condition may be mild or seriously damaging.
If no one has ever told you you grind your teeth while you sleep, you may want to ask how you’re supposed to know you do so. It’s not that difficult really, if you constantly wake up with a tense and painful jaw and/or a dull headache, you’re probably grinding your teeth while you sleep. One of the most common causes of this condition is a mal-aligned jaw, stress and use of certain medications.
With over 25 percent of adults grinding their teeth while they sleep, it seems to have an alarming effect in terms of teething problems in young children and adults. Constantly grinding your teeth affects the enamel of your teeth which may result in teeth sensitivity. Furthermore, grinding your teeth at night may may result in the inflammation of the muscles surrounding your jaw and the joints of the jaw resulting in a condition known as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ). This disorder may be chronic and sufferers report severe and intense pains in the jaws.
It is however important to note that Temporomandibular Joint Disorder doesn’t necessarily cause teeth grinding in people but there has been a link between the pain resulting from this disorder and people that grind their teeth.
Stopping teeth-grinding and the painful effects that come with it may require you reducing or eliminating the source of stress. More so, drinks such as alcohol and those rich in caffeine should be avoided as they tend to have a negative effect on jaw tension. You may also want to consider paying a visit to your dentist. The dentist can help you fit a mouth guard which will prevent you from grinding your teeth at night and relax the muscles of your jaw.
Fitting at the dentist may cost more as there are mouth guards available for sale at pharmacy stores. It is however advisable to get one fitted at the dentist in order to avoid getting an improperly fitted one which doesn’t cover your molars adequately.