Leeds can place a lot of stress on you throughout the average week and so it is lovely to be able to unwind at the end of it all blow off some steam by playing some form of sport. Though if you love the sport, especially if it involves a bit of physicality, then you need to be sure you are protecting yourself properly, especially your teeth and gums. Mouth-guards can greatly reduce the risk of damage not only to these areas, but to your jaws, head, neck and upper back as well so you would be well advised to have one specially made up (as a dentist would if you suffer from teeth grinding). These are very delicate areas of the body we are talking about here and any damage could result in permanent damage for the rest of your life, or if lucky, some very serious surgery to put right. Mouth-guards can be tailored to the specific sport you play and be able to absorb specific types of impacts. Of course, you can buy off the shelf as well, but at least you are protecting yourself on some level
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Teeth grinding is probably one of the most devastating conditions the mouth could suffer from and in a demanding place like central Leeds, many people may suffer from it without even realising they do. The causes generally stem from stress that you pick up throughout the day, that aren’t diffused and then taken into bed when you turn in, which is where the grinding process will continue whilst you sleep. A dentist will pick up on the damage quickly because your teeth will start to become worn down: to counter the destruction to your teeth can be remedied by wearing a mouth-guard at night, but this will not halt the grinding or the continuous damage that will result around your upper body if the problem is not stopped quickly. To nip the problem in the bud requires an understanding of what is making you stressed in the first place and you will require a professional to administer stress and possibly anger management in order to get the condition under control, followed by a course of relaxation therapy to help you unwind when you get home at night so that you are completely de-stress by the time you head hits the pillow.
Known medically as ‘bruxism’, teeth grinding may seem harmless but can cause serious long term damage to your dental health. Caused by many different factors, it is often difficult to figure out exactly why some people grind their teeth on a regular basis. Although we all grind our teeth at times (it’s part of chewing to an extent) when we do it constant and regularly there can be significant problems.
Teeth grinding will often occur at distinct times for different people: either awake or asleep. You may not be aware you are doing it while you sleep, though your partner may be able to hear the grinding if it is particularly bad. It is difficult to pin point where the subconscious instinct to grind your teeth comes from but it is often linked with stress levels. If it becomes severe your dentist may recommend using a mouth guard at night which will protect your teeth from the constant grind.
When awake it can become habitual instinct to grind your teeth with stress, anxiety or concentration. Mouth guards are obviously much less convenient when awake and so the best method is self-control and trying to becoming consciously aware of when you are doing it.
Your Central Leeds dentist will be able to offer some solutions for teeth grinding. Due to it be a mainly psychological instinct a lot of treatments involve conditioning yourself to stop or training yourself to become aware. Seek help for the problem before your teeth begin to wear away and you will save yourself a lot of dental work that could be avoided.
It is one of the problems that tends to dip below the radar of oral issues because it can go unnoticed for a very long time until it becomes serious- teeth grinding or bruxism, but this is a condition that needs to be addressed quickly in order to stop damage throughout the body. Stress and anger are the two main protagonists here and in a bustling little city like Leeds that places a lot of demands on people, it is rife. A lot of need to de-stress after a heavy day, otherwise we can take this angst into the bedroom and into sleep, and this is where a lot of grinding may well take place. A gum-shield can protect damage to the teeth, but it will not stop damage happening to the jaws, head a neck. Hopefully, with some anger management and stress counselling, these problems can be identified and avoided before they become a problem elsewhere. If however, the problem is allowed to continue, the damage to the jaws and neck (this can also affect the central nervous system) will require some pretty complex surgery to rectify. If you visit your dentist regularly, they should be able to spot any signs of wear in your teeth and then advise you as to which direction you should take in order to stop the grinding getting out of hand.
On a daily basis in Leeds, we put ourselves a risk without even knowing it, yet when we choose to do something risky, like sports, we like to cover ourselves for the risks involved as much as we can. This involves wearing some form of protection to limit the risk of injury, and with contact sports, this should also extend to the wearing of a mouth-guard. The head and neck are very fragile areas of the body and by wearing some form of gum-shield, it can limit the damage to these places. Generally, there are three types of protection you can buy: over-the-shelf/ fit all types, ones which you place in warm water then mould them to your mouth and then bespoke ones that are tailored to you and your sport- these are probably the best because they lessen the forces going through your mouth. Most people would assume that a mouth-guard just protects the teeth and gums….not so. It is designed to protect your jaws too as with contact sports the jaws can take a bit of a battering. If this is protected, it stops further damage going up through the head and then down into the neck and upper back. You can ask your dentist for advice about mouth-guards and between the two of you, you should be able to come up with the best form of protection.
When we finish a hard week’s toil, there is no better way to let off steam than playing sports, often contact sports, and this is where our teeth, gums, jaw and neck are at their most vulnerable.
It is a good idea then to protect ourselves with a mouth-guard, which are easy to buy and come in three basic forms.
The first type of mouthguard is one size fits all and can be bought in the shops, the second is one that you take home, warm up in water and then mould to your teeth and the final one is bespoke, made especially to fit you.
A gum-shield is to able to absorb any impact and damage to the teeth and gums, and ease the stresses going through the jaw, into the head and down into the neck.
The city life can also cause unconscious stress and without knowing it we could well be grinding our teeth during the day and whilst we sleep. This is important to counteract, because the damage done over time can be just as nasty as playing sports without protection. Now, although the final solution may take therapy and anger/stress management, the immediate damage to the teeth can be stopped by asking your dentist to make you up a gum-shield to help with the grinding.
Bruxism is the clinical name for the condition commonly referred to as ‘tooth grinding’. It is a problem that no doubt effects many of us from time to time, but how many of us are aware that we are grinding our teeth in our sleep?
Nocturnal teeth grinding is actually as common as snoring, but can have damaging effects on not just your teeth but also the surrounding framework, including your skull. It is common is adults as well as children and has been attributed mainly to high levels of stress.
Symptoms of tooth grinding include flattened teeth, noticeable cracks and chipped teeth. However, if you are not sure if you are suffering from sleep grinding, you can visit your local dentist in Central Leeds who will be able to diagnose you straight away.
Combating nocturnal grinding usual takes the form of a night mouth guard, provided by your dentist. This is when the grinding is due to the simple alignment of the teeth, that they lie in such a way as to grind upon each other as the jaw naturally moves slightly during sleep. However, if your dentist is concerned that stress is the main reason behind your unconscious habit, they are likely to refer you to a psychiatrist in an attempt to discover and cure the root cause of the problem.