It is not abnormal for people to clench or grind their teeth at times. The medical term is called bruxism and is not usually harmful. However, those who grind their teeth on a regular basis can run the risk of oral health complications.
How Do I Know I’m Grinding My Teeth?
Most of us are unaware that we grind our teeth because it happens often while we are sleeping. If you wake up with a constant headache or a sore jaw, you may be grinding your teeth at night. There are many factors that can cause bruxism including, sleep apnea, anxiety, stress, crooked teeth or an abnormal bite. You should consult with your dentist if you think you are grinding your teeth. They can examine your jaw and mouth to check for tenderness or damage done to your teeth.
How Can I Stop Grinding My Teeth?
If you are a chronic teeth grinder, it can cause loss of teeth or fractures. If you do not seek the help of a dentist right away, you might need to have root canals, bridges, partial dentures or implants. While no one knows for sure what exactly causes bruxism, stress and anxiety may play a big role. Lowering your stress level can decrease the need to clench your teeth. Practice meditation prior to bedtime to help relieve stress and anxiety. Meditation allows you to focus on one particular subject at hand while focusing on your breathing. It helps you prevent your mind from racing which can cause unnecessary stress.
In reality, it only takes a few minutes of meditation a day to start reaping the benefits. There are several online videos and books that can teach you the proper ways to meditate. Burning candles and taking a nice warm bath before bedtime can work wonders.
Try to clear your mind as much as possible and forget about your day-to-day tasks. Yoga, massage, Tai Chi, and even a pedicure or manicure can make a world of difference. Whichever form of relaxing you choose, remember when you are relaxed your body will become relaxed, including your mouth and jaw.
If you are continuing to experience teeth grinding problems, contact us today!