The Teeth of Studying Teens Might be Suffering.

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Teenagers who sleep less because of exams get more stressed.

A study has found that less sleep can lead to academic, behavioural and health issues.

Its exam season and teens are getting more worried, however, this can result in constant stress related sleep problems. Disturbed sleep patterns and everyday anxiety caused by the prospect of GCSEs, A levels, Standard Grades, Highers and finals could have a huge impact on your kid. Not to mention those at university or college suffering the stress of diploma’s and extensive exam seasons.

Biteguard can be extremely helpful as immediate, short-term and reversible issues might include sensitivity and/or tenderness of specific teeth as well as temporomandibular joint or related muscular discomfort. They should try and focus on relieving the symptoms as soon as possible.

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Although, if symptoms persist then further action should be taken, these symptoms include:
• Sensitive teeth due to exposed dentine
• Discolouration, including yellowing and loss of shine due to loss of enamel
• Sharp or chipped anterior teeth
• Occlusal surfaces wearing flat and taking on a shiny, pitted appearance
• Altered occlusion as vertical height changes
• Abfraction lesions developing cervically.

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If you, your child or your patient is suffering from any of these symptoms you should consider following a three-step plan. This three-step plan will involve a lot of medical attention and possibly drugs; therefore it should not be taken lightly. This is for longer-term issues and not immediate ones:

1. Prescription of muscle relaxants
2. Treatment with a physiotherapist or osteopath with specialist knowledge of the temporomandibular joint and related muscles
3. Nightly use of a Michigan splint.

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You need to be brushing regularly and properly, in-keeping with the ideal method of teeth brushing. Use toothpaste that isn’t too abrasive and attempt to do something that relaxes you before bed.

You can try:
• Taking a bath
• Yoga
• Reading
• A head massage
• Listening to music
• Going a walk

Just be sure that you, your child or your patient focuses on having relaxation time.

This information and study was published in the March 2016 issue of Physiology & Behavior and was conducted by Mrug et al

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