Teeth grinding usually occurs while a person sleeps and can be caused by stress, sleep disorders and certain health conditions. It may seem like a harmless habit, but it can destroy your teeth’s enamel, cause headaches, and cause your jaw joints and muscles to ache.
Here are six useful tips to help prevent you from grinding your teeth.
- Manage your stress. Everyone is unique and handles stress differently. Your body may be relieving stress by telling you to grind your teeth at night. Try taking a soothing bath before going to bed. You may also want to consider meditation or yoga to help calm your body and relieve any anxiety that may cause you to subconsciously grind your teeth.
- Have your bite examined. Schedule an appointment with your local dentist and have them help identify any potential dental related causes. They may find that your teeth are misaligned, which could be the reason for your teeth grinding. If that is not the case and you don’t have much stress, then your dentist could recognize this as a sleep disorder. He or she will then be able to recommend other types of evaluations to fix your underlying problems.
- Be aware of grinding during the day. In some cases, you may find yourself grinding subconsciously during the day. Try and catch what triggers you to do so. By consciously making an effort to avoid the triggers to your grinding it can help you avoid grinding altogether.
- Rest your jaw joints and muscles. Grinding your teeth can often cause a lot of discomfort and pain. Massage your jaw muscles regularly and firmly apply a warm towel to help relax the muscles and relieve the pain. Resting these muscles and joints can help them relax at night and prevent grinding.
- Try wearing a night guard. If you are still experiencing grinding after going through the previous steps, wearing a night guard might be the best option for you. These are custom designed to fit your teeth perfectly. This will prevent any further damage to your teeth and jaw, and it’ll help relieve headaches as well.
- Realign your bite. Teeth grinding can be a very annoying habit, and if you let it continue it could cause permanent damage to the surface of your teeth and eventually lead to tooth loss. If your teeth are misaligned, the best way to correct this is having your dentist realign them.
Call us today to schedule an appointment and get your teeth grinding habit under control once and for all!