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Grind is wearing us down.

Byline: By SARAH STACK

THE strain of everyday life is wiping the smiles off our faces, it was claimed yesterday.

The Irish Dental Association said stress causes people to grind their teeth, mostly in their sleep.

Dentists also reported a massive increase in patients suffering from cracked teeth.

Symptoms of the condition include splits on teeth, sensitivity to heat and cold, loosening of parts of the tooth and pain when biting down.

Dentist Eddie Cotter said: "We see more people exhibiting subconscious clenching and grinding of their teeth. The best way to prevent long term damage is to attend a dentist regularly."

The IDA advised that wearing a night time biteguard dramatically also reduces the risk of cracked tooth syndrome.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 25, 2007
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