New research out of Germany suggests that people who grind their teeth at night appear to be more likely to suffer from stress and also likely to use escapism to cope when things become difficult.
Researchers led by Maria Girald of Heinrich-Heine-University in Dusseldorf studied 48 people who were known to grind their teeth at night; a condition called “Sleep Bruxism” and reported their findings online on the journal Head and Face Medicine.
Teeth grinding can lead to abrasive tooth wear, looseness and sensitivity of the teeth, and growth and pain in the muscles responsible for chewing. Gerald said in the news release that its causes are still relatively unknown, but stress has been implicated. We aimed to investigate whether different stress factors and different coping strategies were more or less associated with these bruxism symptoms.
They have congregated the reason of the predicament and concluded that their data supports the assumption that people with the most problematic grinding do not seem to be able to deal with the stress in an adequate way, they seem to prefer negative coping strategies like escapism.