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Tags: Anxiety , dental , Stress , teeth

How can I identify the kind of stress that causes bruxism? What can I do to relieve that kind of stress? I really want 2 stop grinding my teeth while I sleep, especially at night. Please can you help me?

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Bruxism can either be considered ‘primary’ or ‘secondary’ and depending which type will give an idea as to what is causing it. Primary bruxism is more common than secondary and is usually due to stress or anxiety; secondary bruxism is normally triggered by lifestyle factors such as heavy smoking, drinking alcohol or as a side effect of recreational drugs and prescribed medications such as anti-depressants.

If you are suffering from primary bruxism it is necessary to address the underlying stress/anxiety you are experiencing in order to treat the bruxism; this may be easy to identify for yourself or you may find that it would be beneficial to speak to a counsellor or arrange to have some cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to identify and treat the cause.

CBT is a ‘talking therapy’ often used to treat bruxism and involves changing the way you act and think in your daily life; this can be very effective at treating bruxism and further information on this can be accessed via your GP.

Answered by Health at Hand nurses.

 

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