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Stop Grinding and Sleep!
Grinding your teeth at night? Then you probably have Bruxism, which is a fancy word for night-time teeth grinding. Most people probably grind and clench their teeth from time to time. Occasional teeth grinding does not usually cause harm. However, when teeth grinding occurs on a regular basis, the teeth can become damaged and other complications can arise.
Why Do People Grind Their Teeth?
Although teeth grinding can be caused by stress and anxiety, it often occurs during sleep and is more likely caused by an abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth.
How Do I Find Out If I Grind My Teeth?
Because grinding often occurs during sleep, most people are unaware that they grind their teeth. However, a dull, constant headache or sore jaw is a telltale symptom of bruxism. If you suspect you may be grinding your teeth, talk to your dentist. He or she can examine your mouth and jaw for signs of bruxism, such as jaw tenderness and abnormalities in your teeth.
Why is Teeth Grinding Harmful?
In some cases, chronic teeth grinding can result in a fracturing, loosening, or loss of teeth. The chronic grinding may wear their teeth down to stumps. When these events happen, bridges, crowns, root canals, implants, partial dentures, and even complete dentures may be needed. Severe grinding can damage not only your teeth, but it can also affect your jaws, which could lead to hearing loss, worsen TMD/TMJ, and change in the appearance of your face.
What Can I Do To Stop Grinding My Teeth?
Your dentist can fit you with a mouth guard to protect your teeth during sleep. If stress is causing you to grind your teeth, ask your doctor or dentist about options to reduce your stress. Attending stress counseling, starting an exercise program, seeing a physical therapist or obtaining a prescription for muscle relaxants are among some of the options that may be offered.
Other Tips to Help You Stop Teeth Grinding Include:
Avoid or cut back on foods and drinks that contain caffeine, such as Coke, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol; because these can intensify teeth grinding.
Do not chew on pencils or pens or anything that is not food. Avoid chewing gum as it allows your jaw muscles to get more used to clenching and makes you more likely to grind your teeth.
Train yourself not to clench or grind your teeth. If you notice that you clench or grind during the day, position the tip of your tongue between your teeth. This practice trains your jaw muscles to relax.
Relax your jaw muscles at night by holding a warm washcloth against your cheek in front of your earlobe.