Daily bombardment with news of financial meltdowns, foreclosures, and natural/environmental disasters seems to have a significant number of people literally clenching their teeth. It may be glib to say that such news is all part of the “daily grind,” but these stress-inducing events are no laughing matter for those suffering from “bruxism.” This term refers to the grinding and clenching of teeth that many stressed-out individuals endure while they sleep. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, about one in three people suffers from bruxism, particularly aggressive, competitive, and hurried individuals. As their anxiety mounts, teeth and prosthetic crowns become more susceptible to fracture. To protect their teeth, bruxers are encouraged to see the dentist about wearing protective night guards.
P.S. Bruxism is associated with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder and sleep apnea.