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Thursday, February 27, 2014

3 Ways to Reduce Teeth Grinding

Do you grind your teeth? Have your children complained of mouth pain? Bruxism, or teeth grinding as it’s commonly known, is prevalent (especially in young children) and can result in teeth sensitivity. Teeth grinding wears down the protective enamel of the tooth and exposes dentin, which causes pain. Bruxism can also cause headaches and jaw & neck injuries, so it’s best to address the grinding before severe issues arise.
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Teeth grinding can be helped, however – and here are three tips you can use to break the cycle!

1)   See the dentist – your upper and lower jaws may be misaligned, causing the teeth to rub together in unnatural ways. The dentist can work with you to find a solution to adjust your alignment or protect your teeth from further grinding damage. They may suggest a nighttime mouth guard or other tools to reduce grinding.

2)   Address stress – stress can be a major factor in teeth grinding. You may unconsciously manifest stress and anxiety by teeth grinding. From taking time to exercise or relax, to seeing a professional, addressing the stress in your life may help reduce teeth grinding.

3)   Avoid stimulating substances – substances such as coffee, alcohol, and cigarettes can increase teeth grinding, especially if you consume them before bed. Stick with decaffeinated drinks to reduce your risk.

If you have more questions about teeth grinding, visit Brighter.com today to schedule your dental check-up!