Do You Take Your Stress Out
on Your Teeth?
Increased stress often leads to jaw clenching, causing headings, sleep problems and generally damaging the longevity of your teeth and gums.
In a recent study, in which more than 250 members of the Chicago Dental Society were surveyed, 65 percent of dentists said they had seen an increase in jaw clenching among their patients; 75 percent of those patients had reported increased stress levels.
So, how do you avoid clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth? Top dentists suggest exercising and mediation to help relieve some of the stress. In addition, avoid caffeine which, often combined with stress can lead to muscle tension. Pay close attention to your diet and avoid foods that require vigorous chewing which aggravates inflamed jaw muscles.