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December 16th, 2019

Grinding Your Teeth In The Winter:

Bruxism is the dental term for grinding or clenching the teeth.  It affects approximately 8 per cent of adults according to a study by the National center for Biotechnology Information.  Studies indicate that everyone grinds their teeth to some degree.  If it becomes a regular occurrence, tooth grinding/clenching can damage the teeth causing wear of the enamel or broken teeth, jaw pain, tooth sensitivity, and soft tissue damage to the cheeks or tongue,  Bruxism can occur because of stress or tension, poor bite, or improper airway with which to breathe.  But, have you ever wondered if bruxism is more prevalent during the winter months?

Seasonal Allergies / Colds / Flu:

During the winter months, allergies, cold, and flu are more common.  When the throat becomes inflamed because of illness, pressure is placed on the ear tubes and grinding the teeth relieves this pressure.  Additionally,  tooth grinding often occurs in order to establish a more patent or open airway to facilitate breathing.

Holiday Stress:

Stress plays a huge role in bruxism year round.  But the added stress of planning holiday travel, increased family time, and managing schedules can increase the stress that leads to tooth grinding. 

How to combat Bruxism

When battling the cold weather and stressors of the season, practice these tips to help protect your teeth:

- Minimize your time outdoors and overall allergen count in your home. Wash your hands frequently and get your flu shot.  Avoid others who are ill.  Also taking seasonal allergy medicine in pill form, nasal sprays, or injections can reduce any allergy or cold related symptoms. 
- Exercise or try meditation to combat stress.
- Wear a custom fit night guard to protect against tooth damage.

The winter months can add many stressors to a person’s life.  Don’t forget to take care of yourself both physically and mentally.  Talk to your dentist if you think you have dental problems related to stress or need a recommendation for a night guard.

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