Tooth grinding and jaw clenching are on the increase because of stress and worry over finances and job security, according to new reports.
Tooth grinding (also known as bruxism) and jaw clenching are common symptoms of stress and anxiety, and can have a devastating effect on your teeth as well as causing problems such as headaches, jaw pain and eating problems.
Many people grind their teeth in their sleep, and are unaware of the problem until either their partner complains of the noise, or they start experiencing dental problems. Both grinding and jaw clenching can wear your teeth down, and can also cause teeth to crack or break. They can also put excessive pressure on your jaw joint, which can lead to problems such as chronic headaches or migraines, neck, shoulder and back ache and ear and jaw pain.
If you think you might be grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw, do speak to us about it. There are a number of things we could do to help, most of which are very affordable and certainly much cheaper than having to repair or replace damaged teeth