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5 Ways to Stop Grinding Your Teeth At Night

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Do you wake up in the morning with a sore jaw or a dull, constant headache? You may be grinding or clenching your teeth at night. Teeth grinding (medically called bruxism) can do damage to your teeth. If it happens on a regular basis, it can erode tooth enamel and damage dental work. There are several reasons why it happens. While stress or anxiety can be one cause, more commonly it is caused by an abnormal bite, crooked or missing teeth.

It’s important to visit your dentist for an examination; but in the meantime, here are some ways to prevent grinding:

  1. Wear a mouth guard at night. Use the same kind of mouth guard that kids and
    athletes wear while playing sports, which you can get custom made at your
    dentist. A mouth guard will help protect your enamel when you grind your teeth.
  2. Relieve the stress. If you think stress is the cause, try
    exercising, meditation, taking a warm bath, getting a spa treatment, or other
    ways you know will help you relax. Make an extra effort to relax right before
    bedtime.
  3. Relax your jaw. Grinding all night can make your jaw feel sore. Try to relieve the
    tension throughout the day by giving yourself mini jaw massages. Also, try not
    to chew on non-food items (like the end of pencils or your nails) to give your
    jaw a break.
  4. Be aware.
    If you find yourself grinding your teeth during the day, try to stay aware of
    it and relax your jaw as soon as you notice you’re doing it.If you think you are
    grinding your teeth at night, see your dentist so they can examine your mouth
    for the signs and recommend a course of action.