How to stop grinding your teeth

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Stop grinding your teeth and learn more about how to protect your enamel and your jaw while helping to prevent pain and discomfort that can come from grinding your teeth. 

If your jaw hurts, you may notice that you grind your teeth in your sleep. It could be Bruxism. Bruxism is a condition in which you grind your teeth, and it could happen subconsciously during the day or a night while you sleep. Bruxism can cause undeniable jaw pain and tooth problems. It can be hard to tell if you are grinding your teeth in your sleep, but there are some apparent signs to look out for that may indicate that’s exactly what’s going on. If you have any concerns, you should look for common symptoms like headaches, jaw pain, and even as serious as cracked, chipped, or loose teeth. Have a dentist look at your teeth and jaw for any signs of teeth grinding or enamel wear. Keep reading to learn how to stop grinding your teeth. 

How do I stop myself from grinding my teeth in my sleep?

Everyone’s teeth grinding is different and unique, but usually, all stem from a similar source. People who clench their jaw and grind their teeth during the day are typically triggered by stress, anxiety, tension, or even concentration. People who grind their teeth at night can be triggered by hyperactivity, sleep apnea, or acid reflux. Nighttime grinding can even be a side effect of certain medications. Grinding your teeth in your sleep can cause a lot of damage unknowingly since it can go on for a while before you figure out it’s happening. Along with teeth grinding, people may not realize how hard they are clenching their jaw, which can lead to headaches. 

Here are the best solutions to stop your teeth from grinding at night. 

  • Mouthguards and splints – If you grind your teeth in your sleep, custom-made mouthguards can protect your teeth and reduce the strain on your jaw. Custom-made mouthguards are molded specifically to your jaw’s and teeth’ shape, making it pretty comfortable as it fits perfectly in your mouth. 
  • Reduce stress – Many cases of teeth grinding is caused by stress, so removing stress or finding a way to manage stress can help your teeth stop grinding.
  • Jaw muscle exercises – Exercising your jaw will help relax your facial muscles. Once relaxed, it’s easier to keep proper alignment of your jaw. You can ask your dentist for at-home exercises or see a physical therapist.
  • Reductive coronoplasty – This procedure reshapes and levels out the biting surface of your teeth. Coronoplasty is used when the source of your teeth grinding is because of crowded, misaligned, or crooked teeth.

Does grinding your teeth change your jaw?

Teeth grinding isn’t just harmful to your teeth. It is harmful to your jaw too! It can go as far as changing your appearance since your jaw can get misaligned and change shape. Tooth grinding can lead to severe headaches and inhibit the motion of your mouth. It’s common to have muscle and joint pain that makes chewing hard. 

Teeth grinding can lead to the following:

  • Jaw shape changes
  • Clicking noises in jaw
  • Limited range of motion
  • Loose teeth
  • Losing your teeth
  • TMJ and jaw and neck muscle discomfort
  • Wearing down your teeth

When you are at your dentist appointment, ask your dentist to check for signs of teeth grinding since you could be grinding your teeth in your sleep without even realizing it. Most likely, your dentist will already have noticed signs, but it always helps to let them know if you suspect or know you’ve been grinding your teeth more recently.