Are you sometimes self-conscious and embarrassed around others? It’s quite normal to feel anxious before a giving a speech or an interview or any stressful social situation. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 15 million people in the United States suffer from social anxiety disorder. Sometimes referred to as social phobia, people with this condition may stay away from social events that cause them stress. They may even worry about a certain social event for days or weeks before it occurs. Now, a recent study from the Tel Aviv University in Israel reveals that social anxiety, even brief bouts of anxiety may be a precursor to bruxism or teeth grinding.
Bruxism or teeth grinding causes tooth enamel to wear down, and if not corrected, can lead to headaches, tooth fractures and jaw muscle and joint pain. People with bruxism can experience pain when eating, yawning or even talking. Clenching, like bruxism, is associated with stress and anxiety; both occur most often at night. People who suffer from bruxism or clenching can wear a custom made protective bite “splint” to prevent headaches, tooth fracture/wear and gum recession, just some of the consequences of these conditions if these habits are not addressed. [Read more…]