Grinding your teeth?


Teeth grinding, or as we know it, bruxism is alright if it doesn’t occur on a regular basis. However, when it occurs over an extended period of time and regularly, teeth can suffer permanent damage.

The causes for bruxism vary, and it most commonly occurs during the sleep cycle: stress, anxiety, abnormal bite, and crooked teeth. Because teeth grinding occurs at night, most people are not aware of their habit.

Some tell-tale signs you may be a teeth-grinder are a sore jaw line, a constant, dull headache, and worn-down teeth.

Some tips to prevent and help ease the pain associated with teeth grinding are:
-    acquiring a night guard to protect your teeth from harmful grinding while sleeping
-    stress counseling
-    beginning an exercise plan
-    seeing your local physical therapist
-    consuming less caffeine by avoiding colas, chocolate and coffee
-    avoiding alcohol, which increases teeth grinding
-    not chewing on anything that is not food—even gum, as it alerts your jaw muscles to get accustomed to the clenching mechanism
-    relaxing your jaw muscles: during the day, train your jaw not to clench by keeping the tip of your tongue in between where your upper and lower teeth meet
-    holding a warm washcloth against your face and in front of your lower ear to ease tension.

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