Stressed individuals more likely to grind their teeth

Researchers writing in the journal Head & Face Medicine have found that people who are continually stressed by daily problems or their jobs are more likely to grind their teeth at night, also known as sleep bruxism, than those who are relatively unstressed.

Scientists at Germany’s Heinrich-Heine-University performed the research on nearly 70 individuals, the majority of which ground their teeth at night. Bruxism can have serious long-term effects on a person’s overall health, so taking steps to prevent it is important.

“Bruxing can lead to abrasive tooth wear, looseness and sensitivity of teeth, and growth and pain in the muscles responsible for chewing,” says lead researcher Maria. “We aimed to investigate whether different stress-factors, and different coping strategies, were more or less associated with these bruxism symptoms.”

While bruxing was not associated with age, sex or education level, scientists did find a distinct correlation between tooth grinding and daily levels of stress.

Those concerned about grinding their teeth and looking to lower their stress levels may want to consider taking dietary supplements like those offered by Dr. Newton’s Naturals.

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