Stress as become a factor for many American as economic pressures takes it toll. It is not surprising that less people are going to the dentist for a whiter smile since whiting treatments are normally not covered under dental insurance and the cost is too high to spend on extras.
However dentist are seeing an incline in the number of people that are grinding their teeth due to stress. More people are becoming anxious and stressed out over the economy and their own financial futures that they are taking it out on their teeth.
While some experts believe that genetics may play a role in teeth grinding, stress has long been known to set off clenching and grinding in some people. since grinding teeth can wear down tooth enamel, crack or brake teeth it is important to treat and protect your teeth from grinding. Night guards can be helpful for people that grind their teeth while they sleep. However talk to your dentist about stress and how it can be effecting your teeth.