Financial stress takes the bite out of your teeth. Part I
Posted Feb 02 2009 10:55pm
Teeth grinding or clenching (bruxism) is a common condition once considered harmless, or at least annoying. Today's doomsday financial news is causing increased teeth grinding that can cause serious damage to your teeth, your health, and your bank accounts in the form of gum disease, bite relationships, bridges, crowns, or dentures if the case is severe enough.
If left untreated, your teeth can wear down, flatten or chip. At its worst, teeth grinding can severely damage your teeth and jaws over long periods of time.
Common causes of teeth grinding include:
1. Inability to deal with stress or anxiety (economic or financial). 2. Lack of sleep. 3. Anger and frustration. 4. Aggressive or hyperactive personalities 5. Alcohol and/or drug consumption.
It usually happens when you're sleeping and aren't aware of it until you notice the pain. Since I lost my job this month, I noticed that I'm grinding my teeth when I'm awake. Financial stress knows no boundaries.
See your dental professional if you notice any of the above symptoms.