Teeth grinding is a common habit by many, and while some of us may catch ourselves grinding our throughout the day, most of us aren’t even aware that we do it. This can make identifying and treating teeth grinding (or Bruxism) a challenge. Waking up with a sore jaw is one of the tell-tale signs that you grind your teeth, and it’s also more likely when you’re under high periods of stress. This can cause significant damage to your teeth including wearing away your tooth enamel, increased sensitivity and damage to dental work. If you’re prone to grinding your teeth, check out the following tips to help knock the habit.
- Wear a Mouth Guard
An extremely effective way to eliminate teeth grinding is to wear a mouth guard at bedtime. Wearing a night guard while you sleep will help protect your teeth from the damage grinding your teeth can cause. Talk to your dentist about the type of mouth guard that’s right for you.
- Avoid Alcohol
When you consume alcohol, you’re prohibiting yourself from really getting a good night’s sleep. And when your sleep is disturbed you wake more often throughout the night, which may increase how much you grind your teeth.
- Don’t Use Your Teeth as Tools
The next time to get the urge to open that soda bottle with your teeth, don’t. The more often you chew on inanimate objects like pen lids and the like, the more your teeth become accustomed to clamping down. This can lead to the self-conscious activity of clenching your teeth, even when there’s nothing in your mouth.
Because stress is a natural contributor to teeth grinding, it makes sense that taking time to relax, breathe and recharge would also help you abstain from grinding your teeth. Listen to relaxing music, take a warm bath, or just close our eyes and breathe for a few minutes.