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Too Much Stress May Cause Teeth Grinding

Posted Mar 08 2010 12:00am

A recent German study shows that people who grind their teeth at night appear to be more likely to suffer from stress and use escapism to cope. The study studied people who were known to grind their teeth at night, a condition called “sleep bruxism”. Teeth grinding can lead to abrasive tooth wear, looseness and sensitivity of teeth, and growth and pain in the muscles responsible for chewing. Its causes are still relatively unknown, but stress has been implicated. It was found that those who did grind their teeth while sleeping reported more stress in their daily lives. The research supports the assumption that people with the most problematic grinding do not seem to be able to deal with stress in an adequate way. They seem to prefer negative coping strategies like escape. The researchers suggest this, in general, increases the feeling of stress, instead of looking at the stressor in a positive way.

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