Financial stress takes the bite out of your teeth. Part III
Posted Feb 10 2009 10:15am
Research shows that stress can make it difficult for our bodies to fight all infections, including periodontal disease and heart disease. Teeth grinding is an indication of stress.
The following techniques may help you stop grinding your teeth:
1. Find ways to reduce your stress level and relax. 2. Avoid or limit the amount of caffeine and alcohol you consume. 3. Ask your dentist about the use of a night guard. 4. If an abnormal bite is the cause of teeth grinding, your dentist can treat the improper alignment.
Teeth grinding is treatable and usually begins with a custom-made, plastic mouth guard that is worn while sleeping. Less intrusive and effective methods involve biofeedback and behavior modifications such as tongue exercises and learning how to properly align your tongue, teeth and lips. (Some of these methods are expensive.)
Constant teeth grinding will cause more stress and grinding if you wait too long. See your dental professional now.