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How to Stop Grinding Your Teeth at Night

Cartoon image of a woman lying in bed grinding her teeth.

Many people in the world suffer from what is called Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding. When someone grinds their teeth, this can cause a number of dental problems, such as bite misalignment, damage to enamel, worn down teeth, cracks and chips, etc.

Additionally, TMJ is a related condition in which the temporomandibular joint in the jaw is not working properly and causes various symptoms, like jaw pain, headaches, earaches, trouble sleeping, and more. TMJ is linked to Bruxism in that the two conditions usually occur together.

If you are exhibiting symptoms of teeth grinding, continue reading to learn some helpful ways to stop before tooth damage and other issues result.

Tips to Stop Grinding Your Teeth

If you are wondering how to stop grinding your teeth in your sleep naturally, below is a list of ways to help reduce or even eliminate Bruxism.

  • Mouth guards – Mouth guards (also called night guards) are designed to protect your teeth. They can be custom made to fit your smile, and patients can wear them while sleeping to prevent clenching and grinding.
  • Stress Management – Many people grind their teeth because they are stressed in some area of their lives. Finding ways to reduce and manage stress, such as working out, talking to a therapist, taking time off work, yoga, meditation, eliminating certain activities, etc. can help reduce stress.
  • Practice Relaxing Your Jaw – Exercising your jaw and being conscious of proper positioning can help reduce teeth grinding in some patients.
  • Relax the Jaw Muscles with A Warm Compress – Holding a warm compress to your jaw can help relax the muscles and reduce pain caused by teeth grinding and improve your overall condition.
  • Magnesium – Eating magnesium-rich foods and taking magnesium supplements can help boost your mood and reduce muscle tightness throughout the body.
  • Reduce Caffeine Intake – For many people, caffeine actually adds to their stress and anxiety. Reducing caffeine in your diet can help manage these problems, as well as improve sleep, concentration, etc.
  • Evaluation of your breathing and sleep functions.  Studies have shown bruxism habits linked to sleep apnea, breathing problems and tongue tie restrictions.

Help Protect Your Teeth by Visiting Beyond Smiles Today

If you are struggling with jaw pain, damaged teeth, or other dental issues that indicate you may be grinding your teeth at night, and you are looking for Bruxism or TMJ treatment in Park Ridge, IL, look no further than Beyond Smiles. At our dental practice, we specialize in numerous services designed to treat these conditions. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!

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