Holistic dentist Dr. Mark Burhenne shares the surprising link between teeth grinding and sleep disorders.
When a patient of mine told me that he likes eating oranges because they help remind him to floss, I realized he was onto something. If you've always struggled with making flossing a permanent habit, you might be relieved to know that there's a very simple reason why. It has to do with the psychology of how we make habits.
Too often, we associate the dentist as a place to go after something has already gone wrong with your teeth. But your dentist can be one of your most powerful allies in preventing illness not only in your mouth, but throughout your body. Your dentist is responsible not just for your teeth, but also how your jaw, face, and airway all develop. These things affect your ability to breathe without interruptions throughout the night, and thus, impact the quality of your sleep.