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How to Prevent Teeth Grinding

Posted on 10/24/2022 by Nancy Shiba DDS
How to Prevent Teeth GrindingHave you ever experienced headaches or jaw pain in the morning or night? If yes, you could be unconsciously grinding your teeth. Teeth grinding (bruxism) can happen to people of all ages. For instance, a person concentrating on a task such as lifting heavy objects can unknowingly place his teeth together while applying force. Grinding your teeth occasionally may not cause any harm. However, when you perform it frequently, it can cause dental complications. Due to this, it is vital to seek professional dental care. Your dentist may recommend changing your lifestyle, daily routine, and sleeping habits to stop grinding your teeth. Continue reading and learn how to prevent teeth grinding.

Mouth Guards

The first line for preventing teeth grinding involves wearing a mouth guard. A mouth guard acts as a barrier to prevent the teeth from grinding while sleeping. You can purchase a generic one from the store or opt for a custom-made one from the dentist. The reason why a custom-made mouth guard is a good choice is that it is designed to fit your jaw size and shape. The dentist takes the teeth' impressions to create one that fits perfectly.

Reduce Stress

Stress is an underlying cause of bruxism. Thus, if your teeth grinding is linked to stress, it is vital to implement stress management techniques. Reducing stress also benefits your overall health. Hence, it is a low-risk therapy. A good way to reduce stress is by exercising. Engaging in your favorite exercises, such as jogging, can help. Other techniques for managing stress involve relaxing, talk therapy, and meditation.

Jaw Muscle Exercise

Jaw exercises help to release muscle tension while preventing teeth from grinding. You can exercise your jaw muscles by opening and closing your mouth while placing your tongue at the roof of your mouth. These stretches are essential in managing bruxism, especially during stress and tension. If you suspect bruxism (teeth grinding), it could be best to see a dentist. An oral health care professional will find the right treatment for teeth grinding.

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