Is teeth grinding a sign of stress?
Well if your teeth don’t seem quite as white as they used to and you’re waking up in the morning with a headache and tense face, you are grinding your teeth. And it’s probably because you’re anxious about something! As a nation we’re becoming more and more stressed. Sleeping less, teeth grinding, bouts of insomnia, checking emails on holiday, constantly checking your phone? If any of these apply to you then the chances are that you’re feeling a tad stressed, if not very stressed!
Dental experts have revealed how grinding your teeth, more often than not as a result of stress, can cause your teeth to look more yellow. What happens is that by grinding, you wear the enamel down and this means you can see the yellow hue of the dentine under the white enamel .
However if you go to see your dentist, you can be fitted with a gumshield/mouthguard to protect and save your teeth. This way, at least, you can make sure your teeth stay white whilst you get to grips with the reasons why you are grinding your teeth.
• Teeth grinding is a common side effect of stress and anxiety
•Research by White Glo shows 8.2 million UK cases of anxiety per year
• Can cause tooth wear, jaw pain and headaches
Teeth grinding is probably the most common indicator that stress is having a big effect on your life. The Bruxism Association say that although teeth grinding is most common in the 25-44 age group, it can also affect but can impact both children and older people.. Knowing that grinding your teeth can not only lead to worn teeth, but also to increased sensitivity and tooth loss, if you’re a tooth-grinder, then do something about it!.
Clean your teeth twice a day, floss and find out a bit more about mindfulness to combat stress! Oh and go to see your dentist for check-ups at least twice a year. Dental care is particularly important for people who grind their teeth.
Dental expert at White Glo, Jordan Kirk, says:
“Anytime enamel is eroded, teeth discolouration can happen. It’s really important to reinforce and protect the enamel with a top quality fluoride toothpaste.”
Stress can manifest itself in many ways and all of them can take a great toll on a person’s life. If you grind your teeth or think you might, then do something now.