Grinding Your Teeth and What You Can Do About It
Waking up with an aching jaw can be very frustrating. Teeth grinding, otherwise known as bruxism, is detrimental to your oral health and can cause headaches, earaches and even neck pain. But don’t worry, there are some simple ways to counter its effects. Here’s a few tips and tricks to help you out:
Sort out your stress levels
Everyone gets stressed - there’s no denying that. A great way to combat stress is preparing for a good night's sleep. Practising meditation, deep breathing or even reading a book before bed can have a serious impact on your teeth grinding. If you’re awake and aware of your grinding, try to actively relax your jaw. We know it’s not easy, but if you’re aware of your compulsion, it’s much easier to kick.
Stop the damage while you still can
It's important to have regular checkups with your dentist, but it's even more crucial when you are suffering from bruxism. We will be able to identify if teeth grinding is the cause of your dental issues and discuss your options accordingly. You don’t want to let things get out of hand before it’s too late.
Give up any bad habits
Alcohol, caffeine and nicotine can contribute massively to teeth grinding - especially in sleep. Studies have shown that those who drink alcohol are two times more likely to grind their teeth during sleep. Get rid of your bad habits before bed and you’ll see a noticeable difference in your bruxism.
Wear a mouthguard
Mouthguards aren’t just for protecting you during a game of hockey or rugby. Keeping your teeth safe should also be a priority in your sleep, especially if you’re really struggling to get rid of your bruxism. A physical block between your teeth can be an easy and cheap method of stopping the effects of grinding. Check in with us if you’re unsure which type is appropriate for your mouth.
Most of our solutions are not only beneficial to any ongoing bruxism, but will have a significant effect on your mental and oral health too. Keeping your bad habits in-check, reducing your stress and anxiety levels, and consistently wearing a mouthguard if you need to, are all effective ways of managing your teeth grinding. You can also get in touch with us to discuss any issues you have going forward to prevent your teeth from any more damage.