You know that you grind your teeth, but what are you supposed to do about it? The first step should be to come in and talk to us about a protective nighttime mouth guard that can help protect your upper and lower jaw from touching and grinding your teeth down to nothing. The next step is to figure out what you can do at home to stop the grinding from occurring in the first place.
De-stress - You need to find the method that works for you to eliminate stress before you go to bed. This could mean yoga, meditation, reading a book, taking a bath, or watching your favorite television show. Whatever makes you feel the most relaxed and puts the day's stress behind you.
Stop drinking - If you are a chronic alcohol drinker, try to limit how much you consume. This is especially important in the hours leading up to your bedtime. Try it for a few days to see if you're grinding is minimized.
Massage your jaw - Throughout the day, if you are feeling tense, massage your jaw to help the muscles relax. This will get them used to being in a relaxed state, rather than a clenched state, allowing you to grind your teeth less.
Talk to a professional - If you cannot eliminate the stress from your face and body, consider talking to a professional to see what you can do to lower your stress and anxiety levels.
If you are concerned about your tooth grinding habit, please contact us for an appointment today!