Do you Grind your Teeth?

Post by: Gerarda on 28 May 2013

The damage that you cause when you grind your teeth can be devastating. Sadly, most people do not even know that they are grinding their teeth. Unless a partner happens to be awake and hear what is going on, grinders never really notice until they are in pain or they see that their teeth have become shorter or they are chipped. The force that is applied when you grind your teeth is normally quite high.  At times the load is such that you wake up from pain in the teeth and/or chewing muscles. This tremendous pressure applied to the teeth is also applied to the supporting bone around the teeth and the temporo-mandibular joints (TMJ). Therefore, you can have a feeling that not just one tooth hurts, but many.

Cranio-mandibular dysfunction is a term which describes a group of symptoms which result when the teeth, chewing muscles or jaw-joints (TMJ) do not work together correctly.

Some of the possible symptoms from cranio-mandibular dysfunction:

  • Clenching or grinding of the teeth
  • Headaches especially when waking up in the morning
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Ear ache
  • Neck pain
  • Clicking of the jaw-joints
  • Pain in or around the jaw-joints
  • Sensitivity in teeth and sore teeth when chewing

In many cases it is stress combined with poor contacts between the upper & the lower teeth which cause people to grind their teeth; however, there are other considerations, such as:

Health – Do you have arthritis, or did you sustain an injury to the jaw?

Psychological – Are you fearful, angry, tense or anxious?

Physical – Are your upper and lower teeth aligned?

Sometimes pains and aches associated with TMJ problems can be reduced with isometric exercises.

The consequences though need to be treated by adjusting the occlusion, the contacts between the upper and lower teeth. To prevent problems in the future, and to reduce further wear of your teeth, you may need a night guard to avoid direct contact between the upper and lower teeth. A very important effect of the night guard is that it relaxes the chewing muscles thereby, giving you relief from your symptoms.

New walkway in Puerto Banús

Post by: Gerarda on 10 May 2013

The new wooden walkway is open and already is well-used. No longer do you have to walk on the sand to connect with the walkway or Paseo Marítimo to San Pedro. You can now walk from Puerto Banus to San Pedro without any detours or getting sand in your shoes. The Mayor of Marbella, Ángeles Muñoz, even came to officially open it.

The mayor pointed out that the initiative, “responds to the desire of local Government to improve the connection of the 27 km of coastline and thereby, guarantee a huge Paseo Marítimo.” She also reiterated that work will soon begin on the new stretch, between Ventura del Mar and Guadaiza, to extend the promenade through to San Pedro Alcántara, and that work is also being done on the project for the extension of the Paseo Marítimo towards Las Chapas.

The walkway was constructed by the Town Council of Marbella between Avenida Lola Flores and the Gray D’Albion building, in Puerto Banús. You can access it between the Belabola Hotel and Gray Dálbion bulding. As the route takes you in front of the Ocean Club, I am guessing that during the summer months the club itself will become a tourist attraction.