Staffordshire-based The Priors Dental Practice is on a New Year mission to help patients beat the daily grind by addressing the long-term effects of teeth grinding due to stress.

The New Year is traditionally a time when people resolve to improve their health, enhance their lifestyle, change career or address their work-life balance. Yet according to leading dentist Dr Mark Emms, a simple trip to the dentist can identify another potential health issue that could be leading to migraines, headaches and a host of other symptoms without you even knowing.

Figures from the NHS show that six million people in the UK suffer from bruxism; the medical term for grinding your teeth and associated symptoms. Studies show that 70% of those suffering from the condition do so as a direct result of stress or anxiety, with work related stress being the most common.

The award-winning Priors Dental Practice in Penkridge is highlighting the impact on health that bruxism can have. This includes headaches, migraines and facial muscular pain. Moreover, the long-term impact can have devastating results causing teeth to wear down, crack, and break.

Dr Mark Emms, principal dentist at The Priors Dental Practice explains: “A lot of people don’t understand how and why stress can impact on your teeth. There are a number of tell-tale signs that you suffering with Bruxism. These include clenching your jaw, grinding your teeth and you’ll possibly notice that the surface of your teeth is different from wearing them down with grinding. You may even be breaking your teeth by clenching”

Dr Emms is cautioning against the long term effects of letting the condition go untreated. He says: “Regular, persistent teeth grinding can cause joint pain in the jaw and discomfort in the head and neck area. In addition, the damage can impact the teeth enamel and wear down the teeth. It is often a subconscious action and more often than not takes place at night time when people are sleeping.”

Mark continues: “We understand that people have such busy lifestyles that it’s easier to just try and ignore the effects of bruxism. You may even be totally unaware that you are grinding your teeth in your sleep, and wondering why you seem to suffer persistent headaches. However, seeking treatment as soon as possible will limit the damage to your teeth and help your wellbeing improve.”

The Priors is offering 8am appointments throughout the year to help busy professionals who might need to arrange an initial consultation before work. Anyone who feels they may be suffering with the effects of Bruxism should contact The Priors Dental Practice on 01785 712388 to make an appointment for appropriate advice and possible solutions.Find out more about The Priors Dental Practice here