Stop Grinding Your Teeth
Posted on 6/6/2022 by Thomas Plunkett DMD
|Stress is an issue facing Americans without a doubt. Recent research has shown that we are most concerned about the future of our nation, work, money, our current political climate, violence, and crime. Although stress is often cited as a reason for grinding our teeth, it may not be the only cause. Teeth grinding can be caused by a misaligned bite, broken or missing teeth, sleep disorders, and, yes, stress.
Why Should You Stop Grinding Your Teeth
Due to the associated jaw pain, most people want to stop teeth grinding. It may cause extreme headaches, difficulty chewing, and jaw discomfort. Wearing down the enamel on your teeth makes chewing difficult and leaves your teeth more prone to cavities and breaking. To stop any problematic habit, the first step is to identify the cause of it. The dentist can determine the severity of the grinding and if you have a bite misalignment or a tooth problem causing it. He or she can then offer suggestions about how to resolve the issue and recommend a tooth-protection device if necessary. There are dental mouth guards that will protect your teeth from enamel loss or damage caused by teeth grinding available from your dentist. In order to reduce teeth grinding due to stress or anxiety, consider these options.
Lower Your Stress Before Bed
A stress reduction routine before bed will prepare your body for relaxation as most teeth grinding occurs while we sleep. At least 30 minutes before going to bed, turn off all electronic devices, including the television. Be sure to eat healthy, exercise, and drink lots of water. Good choices during the day will reduce stress and improve your sleep. Those who exercise also benefit from the endorphin rush that enhances their mood. In addition, you should avoid substances like nicotine and caffeine, which might make you jittery. Engage in a relaxing activity. Journal, read, meditate, pray, or listen to soft relaxing music before bed. These activities help you prepare your mind and body for sleep. Get into the habit of brushing your teeth, washing your face, and going to bed at the same time every night. By becoming consistent, your mind and body get used to certain behaviors, such as getting relaxed and being able to fall asleep.