Stop Teeth Grinding Naturally

Grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw, also known as bruxism, can cause pain, discomfort and stiffness in the jaw and mouth. It is most common to experience teeth grinding during sleep and it is often associated with stress and anxiety. In many cases sufferers also have sleep apnea. Stopping and preventing teeth grinding is a matter of relaxation and retraining the jaw to relax and will take time and patience.

 

How do I know if I am teeth grinding?

  • Headache
  • Facial muscle pain
  • Earache
  • Tightness and stiffness in the shoulders
  • Pain and stiffness in the jaw
  • Sleep disruption
  • Worn teeth
  • Gum inflammation
  • Receding gums
  • Loose or sensitive teeth
  • Difficulty opening your mouth

 

How do I prevent and treat teeth grinding?

  • Work on relaxing your jaw by keeping your lips closed by your teeth apart. Try to maintain that feeling all day.
  • Exercise to help relieve tension!
  • Remind yourself not to clench your teeth when you catch yourself clenching throughout the day.
  • Take a bath before bed to help relax.
  • Make a warm heating pad with a warm washcloth pressed against the jaw to help it relax.
  • Gently massage your jaw muscles.
  • Avoid hard, chewy and crunchy foods.
  • Reduce your caffeine intake as it makes it difficult for the muscles to relax, especially at night.
  • Avoid alcohol as it makes teeth grinding worse.
  • Drink a relaxing beverage such as chamomile tea before sleeping to help relax your muscles.
  • Keep non-food items out of your mouth as they just encourage your muscles to get used to clenching.
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