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Teeth grinders urged to seek advice

Jonathan Warren

31.12.2011

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82152999A leading sleep expert has urged sufferers of sleep-related bruxism – better known as teeth grinding during sleep – to seek advice from their dentist and sleep specialist to ensure that their sleep quality in their metal beds isn’t compromised. In an interview with CNN Health published this month (December 6th), Lisa Shives, founder of Northshore Sleep Medicine in Illinois, explained that “heightened stress and anxiety” are often behind teeth grinding. The condition can lead to teeth being worn down, jaw and face ache, headaches and sleep disruption, and it affects around 14 to 17 per cent of children. Ms Shives told the source that, in most cases, symptoms deteriorate with age, but individuals must take necessary measures to combat the condition: “An overnight sleep test is not always necessary. However, a careful evaluation by a sleep specialist is warranted if […] the grinding is becoming worse rather than better with age.”

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