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Correlation between Stress and Sleep Bruxism

Correlation between stress, stress-coping and current sleep bruxism

M Giraki, C Schneider, R Schäfer, P Singh, M Franz, W Raab, and M Ommerborn

Head Face Med. 2010; 6: 2.

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This interesting paper, just published online in the Head & Face Medicine journal, studies the relationship between stress and sleep bruxism.

We are, I’m sure, all fairly confident in this association, based on our clinical experience. There is, however, still a lack of decent evidence for a causal relationship between stress and sleep bruxism.

This paper does add another level of confidence in that association, but the authors still fall short of claiming that this is evidence of a direct causal relationship. It’s worth a read though and may be useful for those of you who see patients on referral from GPs, neurologists, etc.- download the full article free here:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2841116/

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