Teeth grinding, also known as Bruxism, is a very common condition experienced by one in every three people. The severity of bruxism varies, but on the more extreme end of the scale it can result in aching jaw, headaches, tooth pain, loosening of teeth from the gums, losing and fracturing teeth, receding gums and developing jaw joint disordered like TMJ. Teeth grinding wears away enamel and can be a cause for serious dental treatments down the road. Preventing bruxism is important to avoid painful symptoms and costly dental treatments.
Finding the best ways to prevent someone from grinding their teeth at night will not only improve their dental health but their overall health as well. Grinding one’s teeth can not only cause dental health problems, it can also cause additional health problems, i.e. earaches, headaches, jaw joint disorders.
Here are 5 tips to avoid grinding your teeth:
1. Stress Management
To stop grinding teeth when you are suffering from stress or anxiety requires you to learn to manage and release your stress. Both children and adults can benefit from popular techniques like regular physical exercise, meditation, yoga and essential oils. Of course, a healthy, balanced diet is also important, and avoiding any foods that may trigger an allergic reaction is vital.
2. Use a Mouth Guard at Night
Nighttime mouth guards are often a good aide to help with the effects of grinding at clenching. The fact is, most people grind and clench their teeth at night, even if they are unaware of it. The best appliances are ones that are custom fit for your bite. These can be easily made at your dental office. Over the counter appliances found at your local pharmacy are one size fits all and typically not the best solution, but in a pinch can offer some protection.
3. See A Dentist For General Help
If your teeth grinding persists, you should go in to see a dentist as chronic teeth grinding can result in fracturing, loosening, or loss of teeth. If you grind your teeth too consistently, you may even need bridges, crowns, root canals, implants, partial dentures, or even complete dentures. Braces may also be an option if your teeth are misaligned and causing teeth grinding due to an unequal distribution of biting forces. Your dentist will be able to assess which treatments will work best for you.
4. Increase Vitamin C Intake
As a complement to stress management techniques and cognitive behavioral therapy, boosting your intake of vitamin C can be beneficial when learning how to stop grinding your teeth. Vitamin C is used by our adrenal glands, affecting our response to stress. It is also essential in the making of dopamine, which helps to regulate moods.
Vitamin C rich foods include guava, black currants, red peppers, kiwi, green peppers, oranges, strawberries, papaya, broccoli, and kale. Try my recipe for a refreshing, and nutrient-dense Strawberry Papaya Smoothie to get the vitamin C you need to stop grinding your teeth.
5. Consciously Relax Your Jaw
If you grind your teeth throughout the night, you will likely wake up with a sore jaw. Try to relieve this tension during the day by actively trying to relax. It is also a good idea to avoid excessive chewing, e.g. avoid chewing gum or eating especially tough foods and opt for a softer diet for a few days to give your muscles a break they need from the tension of clenching and grinding.
It's important to stop the harmful effects of teeth grinding as soon as possible. Protecting your oral health goes a long way toward protecting your overall health. In this post, I shared with you 5 tips to avoid grinding your teeth.
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