Christmas for many can feel like one of the most stressful times of the year. And believe it or not, can take its toll on your oral health. Stress can cause some people to grind their teeth, quite often at night, and this habit, over time, can cause a lot of damage! Sleep can be seriously disrupted through night time grinding (bruxism), and a lack of sleep is especially hard to cope with this time of year.
Teeth grinding causes the tips of the teeth to flatten or wear away. It can also cause teeth and fillings to chip, crack or breakaway entirely. Teeth can become sensitive or sore as a result.
So, during this festive season, be aware of your stress levels and seek opportunities to relax! If you feel you’re teeth clenching, allow your jaw to relax so that they separate.
If clenching your teeth starts to cause pain or damage to your teeth, make sure you give your dentist a call as soon as possible. He or she may be able to prescribe a mouth guard, such as the F.O.S. splint, which will prevent you from grinding your teeth at night. Giving you (and possibly your partner), a better nights sleep!