How to Naturally Stop Grinding My Teeth While I Sleep
Grinding your teeth doesn’t necessarily prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. You might not even be aware that you’re doing it. But grinding can lead to dental problems such as cracked teeth and weakened enamel, leaving you vulnerable to tooth decay, so it’s important to notice the signs, and stop if you can.
What exactly is teeth grinding?
The medical term for grinding your teeth and/or clenching your jaw is bruxism. It often happens when you sleep, and it can be caused by stress and anxiety, as well as an abnormal bite, missing or crooked teeth. Alcohol and tobacco use can also increase the incidence of bruxism.
Do children also grind their teeth?
Yes, they can, but in children the causes are more likely to be related to mouth irritation, allergies and misaligned teeth. Most children outgrow the habit by adolescence and usually do not require treatment.
What are the symptoms of teeth grinding?
The symptoms of teeth grinding include headaches, sore jaw, and loose, painful or broken teeth.
How is teeth grinding treated?
If the grinding isn’t severe or causing damage, you may not require treatment. If jaw alignment is a problem or your bruxism is wearing down your teeth, your dentist may want to fit you with an oral appliance, similar in appearance to a mouth guard.
If stress is the cause of your grinding and clenching, relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, deep breathing, and progressive muscle relaxation may help reduce tension and anxiety. Try the free Sleep30 Challenge by Sleep Number to learn helpful relaxation techniques to improve your bedtime routine. Talking to a licensed therapist or counselor may also help reduce anxiety and provide coping strategies. See your dentist regularly to keep up with any changes that might be affecting your dental health.
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