Teeth Grinding, also known as bruxism, is common condition that many people don’t even know they have because typically occurs while you sleep at night. Therefore identifying the problem can be challenging, but it is important to learn ways to curb this habit because it can cause many dental problem such as erosion of tooth enamel, tooth fractures, receding gums, loosening of teeth and even tooth loss. So how do you know if you grind your teeth?
How To Know If You Grind Your Teeth
When you wake up, check to see if you have a sore jaw, headache, inflamed gums, or extreme sensitivity to hot and cold food and beverages, or while brushing your teeth. Also, helps If you share a bed with someone, to ask him or her if you grind your teeth in your sleep. And if it’s waking the other person up at night, be sure they tell you so you can seek treatment.
What Are Some Of The Best Ways To Treat Teeth Grinding?
Eliminate caffeine, soda drinks & energy drinks that may contribute greatly to teeth grinding because they act as a stimulant which makes it harder to relax.
Avoid alcohol. While alcohol makes it easier to fall asleep initially, it prohibits you from really getting restful sleep, which can increase your teeth grinding.
Keep regular sleep hours. When you go to bed and wake up at the same time each day (even on weekends), you’re training your body clock to help you unwind at night and feel refreshed in the morning.
Try Reducing Stress & Exercise: meditation and counseling are all effective ways to help you cope with and eliminate any stress factors in your life which, in turn, can help eliminate the need to clench your teeth.
Relaxing your jaw. When you notice that you’re tensing your jaw or grinding your teeth, place your tongue in between your teeth and hold it there.
Wearing a mouth guard. Talk to your dentist about your bruxism and ask for recommendations on a mouth guard that’s right for you to help curb your teeth grinding.
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