The popular author and celebrity model Katie Price, known as ‘Jordan’ infamous for her busy, and at times, stressful schedules, is also known to suffer from a distressing but little known condition called ‘Bruxism’. Bruxism is the medical term for teeth clenching and teeth grinding which usually occurs while sleeping. Katie Price, like many patients was diagnosed on visiting her dentist in LA last year, as Katie needed her teeth veneers fixed again because they had become loose, these symptoms along with cracking crowns or fillings can highlight a more serious underlying dental problem such as Bruxism.
Bruxism is thought to be caused by stress and it can wreak havoc with teeth and dental work. Bruxism can also cause other dental problems such as headaches, which if re-occurring early in the morning, is a common symptom of Bruxism, and on occasion significant jaw pain called Temporomandibular joint disorder known as TMJ. Around 10-20% of the population will become Bruxism sufferers at any one time, and like Katie, most will experience when stressed. Bruxism can occur at any age, with the 35-55 age group being more prone to the condition, and women seeming to suffer from Bruxism more than men, one recent survey indicates a 70%-30% split toward women suffering Bruxism symptoms the most.
Experts are divided about what to do about it, but applying lifestyle changes and stress reduction techniques can help in many cases, so simple changes such as listening to a relaxation CD and a warm bath prior to bedtime should be considered. Bruxism dental guards do not stop Bruxism, but they do protect teeth and dental work from further damage that often results from clenching and grinding….read more
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