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Recession Stress Takes Its Toll on Your Teeth

The jaw is no stranger to stress, and reports of clenched jaws and teeth grinding are up.

Our country's economic woes are taking a toll on our teeth and more and more folks are clenching their jaws. Known scientifically as bruxism, clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth in your sleep can lead to serious dental damage: cracked teeth due to premature wearing of your chompers. No wonder the dental industry is growing during the recession. If you suffer from bruxism, you can recession-proof your smile with a mouth guard, and it is best to get one that is fabricated by your dentist to fit your mouth. While the $200 to $400 cost of a mouth guard may seem pricey, they are considerably cheaper than dental crowns used to cover cracked teeth.

Aside from the economic stress, which we can't really control, other factors that contribute to nocturnally clenching your jaw are in your power to change. Alcohol, caffeine, smoking, and poor sleep habits can all contribute to the problem. So cut back on your vices, and work on creating better sleep habits.


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Spectra Spectra 8 years
I don't grind my teeth, but when I'm really stressed at work, I'll clench my teeth and bite down on the inside of my cheeks. I've found that chewing gum really helps alleviate the tension in my jaws.
gothamgal gothamgal 8 years
I've been grinding my teeth for a while and tried the dental guard but it didn't work and made my teeth grinding worse! I bought a dental guard online and it was marginally more comfortable but I think the key is finding out what's making me grind my teeth. In the meantime, I'm trying to reduce stress, and Imassage my face where the hinge is located. This seems to help but, yes, it's not fun.
gigly_grl gigly_grl 8 years
I started about a year and a half ago too, and in only a few months (without even realizing it) did so much damage to my teeth that I'm looking at root canals now... I got a mouth guard from my dentist right away and destroyed it in less than a year... a record for my dentist. I've honestly been searching the internet, asking my dentist/doctor if there is any way to stop and nothing. This article is great for bringing it to people's attention, I just wish there was a cure!!!
Advah Advah 8 years
Yep put me on the list too. Not only am I worried about my teeth, it also gives me terrible back and neck pain. :(
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I've been a tooth grinder for about a year and a half now, and lemme just say - NOT fun.
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