July 25, 2022

How can I stop grinding my teeth while sleeping?

How can I stop grinding my teeth while sleeping?

I am sharing this because I have a young niece who loves to sleep in my room at night, where she grinds her teeth when she is asleep. Here's what you can do if you are told that you grind your teeth at night. 

It's common to grind your teeth at night, but because you're asleep, it can be hard to tell if you're doing it. If your sleep partner doesn't tell you that you look like you're grinding your teeth when you move your face, you might find out when you wake up with jaw pain, sore or sensitive teeth, neck pain, a headache, or an earache.

If you grind your teeth for a long time, it can hurt your gums, loosen or break your teeth, make your jaw click and hurt, and make it hard to chew. It's clear that you shouldn't ignore it.

Seeing a dentist is the first thing to do about teeth-grinding, which is also called bruxism. After looking at your mouth and jaw to figure out what's wrong, she can come up with a solution, which may include

a custom-fitted mouth guard to keep your teeth from grinding together. 
A short course of prescription muscle relaxants. 
Relaxation training or techniques to reduce anxiety and stress.

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