I learned a new word today – Bruxism.
It means excessive grinding of the teeth and/or clenching of the jaw.
I am stunned and saddened to learn that Bruxism is estimated to affect as many as one in ten Britons, whose sleeping hours are spent clenching or grinding their teeth.
Because of stress.
What are we doing to ourselves?
According to Lucy Tobin writing in the Evening Standard, it’s an increasingly common problem.
Bruxism sufferers can try various ways to alleviate the condition including wearing a mouth guard at nightime, Botox to the jawline and hypnotherapy.
But the worst thing I read in Lucy Tobin’s article was the last sentence. Tackling the cause of the stress, says Tobin, people “might find impossible”.
So apparently it’s literally better to grit your teeth and bear it than tackle the underlying causes of stress that’s so bad it can cause “stomach-churning pain”.
Am I missing something here?