The biggest effect of the earthquake is stress and the resulting clenching of teeth. Our country is going through a very difficult period and there are many emotions that this process creates in us. We have lost many of our citizens and in the meantime, many of our citizens are saddened by the loss of their homes and jobs and are trying to build a new life.
Everyone is mobilized from everywhere and trying to heal the wounds with one heart. It is a very challenging period. Covid and its effects had already shaken us both economically and psychologically, and now the earthquake. Moreover, there is a possibility of a second earthquake, that is, Istanbul or another city may experience such a disaster.
So everyone is in an earthquake. Of course, these wounds will be healed and of course these days will pass, but the stress experienced and the effects of this stress cause TEETH CLENCHING and TEETH GRINDING.
The habit of clenching teeth is very harmful for our existing teeth. But it also negatively affects the filling, coating and implant treatments in our mouth.
That is to say, in the tooth supported by a large surface filling, the sharp areas of the tooth must be protected from hard objects. These sharp areas can easily break against incoming pressures. Especially in teeth with root canal treatment, since the inner part of the tooth will be emptied, these sharp areas can break as a result of trauma. This fracture moves towards the root of the tooth and causes extraction of the tooth.
For this reason, in mouths where the outer tissue is reduced and the tooth becomes fragile, clenching and grinding during the night causes tooth loss. If there is an existing coating on the tooth, especially porcelain coatings can break as a result of chronic grinding. Implants can shake by loosening between the two parts due to their two-part structure.
The hard structures of the implants transmit the pressure directly to the bone and cause melting in the surrounding bone. Stress does not only cause clenching. The increase in mouth sores also causes a decrease in the body’s immune system. This negatively affects wound healing. The use of vitamins can increase body resistance.
It is necessary to use methods of coping with stress during this period. Our pain and grief are great. Our fear, worry and anxiety quotient has increased a lot. But we need to strive for both the future of our country and to heal the wounds of the regions with wounds.
Oral and dental health is very important for our whole body health. For this reason, if you have the habit of grinding and clenching your teeth, we can deepen our sleep with exercises that will relax our muscles, massage with a hot towel, herbal tea such as chamomile tea, especially before going to sleep. Facial yoga is very useful. People with very intense teeth grinding should definitely wear a night plate. The dentist can produce this for you after the measurement he/she will take. If you already have an aligner, you can wear it by looking at the compatibility of this aligner.
We must always protect and carry the hope that good days will come. Let’s SMILE TO LIFE for our country and our future.