Stress Leads to Teeth Grinding

Evidence suggests that people who are stressed by daily occurrences, work problems, relationship problems, etc. are  more likely to grind their teeth at night. The research is present in the  journal Head and Face Medicine. They  studied the causes of ‘sleep bruxism’,which is grinding teeth during the night, and found it to be more common in those with are dealing with stressful situations.

In one study there were 69 people, of whom 48 were ‘bruxers’. Maria Giraka who worked with the researchers said “Bruxing 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. We aimed to investigate whether different stress-factors, and different coping strategies, were more or less associated with these bruxism symptoms.”
Thin plates  were placed in trial participants mouths’ overnight to measure teeth grinding. Stress was measured by asking participants a series of questions.  Bruxing was more common in people who claimed to experience daily stress and trouble at work.

Source: Maria Giraki, Christine Schneider, Ralf Schäfer, Preeti Singh, Matthias Franz, Wolfgang H.-M Raab and Michelle A Ommerborn. Correlation between stress, stress-coping and current sleep bruxism. Head & Face Medicine, 2010.

4 Responses to Stress Leads to Teeth Grinding

  1. Gilbert Dentists May 6, 2010 at 9:19 am #

    Just goes to show how important it is to visit your dentist regularly. 🙂

  2. Ashish May 17, 2010 at 3:02 pm #

    I have personally seen the effects of teeth grinding and stress. This is one of the main reasons why we should be more proactive with Night guards. Ones that are made over the counter simply do not provide adequate protection. One custom fit to your mouth will be a better fit and offer better protection.

  3. Dentist May 26, 2010 at 10:30 pm #

    As a dentist, I see many patients that have caused severe damage to their teeth from grinding.

  4. Charley Burright May 3, 2011 at 5:58 pm #

    It can be a big problem if you already have teeth problems and you’re damaging them further if you’re
    grinding your teeth at night. You should get your teeth checked regularly if this is the case.

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