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Tips to Help You Relieve Teeth Grinding Symptoms and Reduce Damage

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Bruxism is the habit of teeth grinding or teeth clenching that may occur during the day or when you are asleep. Dentists once thought that the behavior was caused by malocclusion, but dental researchers now believe that stress is usually responsible. If your teeth clenching and grinding isn’t treated, it will eventually cause excessive wear and damage to your tooth enamel. You may develop sensitive teeth or tooth decay as a result. Clenching and grinding your teeth can also cause painful arthritis in your jaw. If you also have gum disease, it can contribute to bone loss.

Facts About Tooth Grinding and Clenching

  • Grinding your teeth may be hereditary, and it’s more common in women. It typically affects people who are between 20 and 40 years of age.
  • Teeth clenching can do more harm than grinding. Your jaw was designed for chewing; clenching it causes the joint to degenerate.
  • Teeth grinding may cause more damage when it is done intermittently rather than regularly.
  • If you grind your teeth, you’re probably aware of your habit. You may wake up with a tired or stiff jaw, or your bed partner may report hearing teeth grinding noises at night.
  • Jaw-clenchers may not know they have a problem. Some people clench constantly without realizing it. Jaw pain that gradually gets worse during the day can be a symptom.

Tips to Ease Symptoms of Teeth Grinding

Your dentist is the best person to identify damage caused by bruxism, and develop a treatment plan to prevent further problems. The following tips may help you cope with teeth grinding until you can obtain professional dental help.

  • Wear an over-the-counter night guard to prevent tooth damage until your dentist provides a custom appliance for long-term wear.
  • If you are suffering jaw pain, limit hard or tough foods like popcorn and steak until the problem is resolved.
  • Exercise regularly to reduce stress.
  • Try relaxation techniques, massage, warm baths, or warm compresses at night to relieve stress and muscle tension.
  • Deliberately relax your jaw when you feel tense. Your lips should be sealed, but your teeth should only touch when you are chewing and swallowing.
  • Take a mild pain reliever to help reduce discomfort.

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