There is a lingering stereotype that New Yorkers are constantly at the grindstone, working hard and leading fast paced lives fitting for the city that never sleeps. A recent article by Noreen Malone at The Cut shed some light about how this constant on the go lifestyle leads to a grind of a different kind: bruxism.
Why Chasing Bucks Can Lead to Bruxism
Bruxism is another word for teeth grinding and it is estimated that one in ten Americans exhibit this behavior on a regular basis. There are a number of different causes for bruxism that range from reaction to pain, abnormal reactions to psychological medications, and stress.
The author visited several dentists in the New York area and found that New Yorkers are at a higher rate for bruxism than anywhere else in the country. The numbers varied a bit depending on which dentist she was talking to, but the rate was as high as 80% (though went as low as 40%). Although this is obviously not a scientific study, those estimates are much higher than the 10% rate nationally.
What exactly is the reason for this abnormal amount of teeth grinding? Malone mentioned that it is the fast paced and sometimes frantic big city life that is to blame, and given that one of the leading causes of bruxism is stress, I definitely have to agree with her.
Try Not to Take It Out On Your Teeth!
If you find that stress is wearing down your teeth then there are a few different approaches to help remedy the problem. First, you should try to find time during the day to relax and not let stress overtake you. I realize that this is easier said than done, but your teeth with definitely thank you. If your bruxism still persists you may want to check in with a dentist. Mouth guards are great to use if you find that you are grinding your teeth at night.
One of the common symptoms of TMJ is bruxism and could indicate that there is a larger problem at hand. If left unchecked TMJ can cause serious nerve damage and lead to painful migraines. Bruxism is also a common symptom of malocclusion (misalignment of your upper and lower teeth) which can be treated with Invisalign® clear braces.
If you find that the grind is wearing your teeth down please do not hesitate to pay us a visit at B&D Dental Excellence in West Nyack. Our Rockland County dentists can help find the method of treatment that is right for you. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment please give us a call at (845) 627-7645.