How To Prevent Teeth Grinding And Save It From Damaging Your Oral Health?

Posted by Jeanne V. Devi DDS on Nov 5 2019, 06:00 AM

The grinding of teeth is seen in many people. However, if you also grind your teeth often, you should take immediate action to avoid negative consequences. Grinding of teeth, also known as bruxism, can have far-reaching consequences on your oral health and produce symptoms that impact your teeth all the time. Below given are a few ways by which you can avoid grinding teeth!

Buy A Night-Time Mouth Guard

Grinding your teeth constantly can wear down your enamel and make your teeth more vulnerable to germs and cavities. Sleeping with a nighttime mouthguard will prevent wearing down of enamel while unconscious grinding of teeth. 

Dentists often make a custom-made set fit only for your mouth to keep your teeth safe at night. However, custom-made guards are better than store-bought ones as they fit your mouth size and are not uncomfortable.

Start Exercising

Bruxism is a symptom that often results from extreme stress and anxiety. Work out daily or make weekly routines for sweat sessions to release the stress and tension building inside you. The tension manifested upon your tooth will be released through exercise.

Relax Your Jaw Before Going To Bed

Doctors always recommend relaxing before going to bed to keep your health fine. Similarly, dentists also recommend relaxing your jaw muscles to release tension. Some effective techniques to do so are:

  • Take a bath with warm water to relax your jaw muscles as well as your whole body. 
  • Apply a wet towel that is warm on your jaw.
  • Drink herbal tea before bed and avoid caffeine drinks.
  • Do Daily Massage Of Your Jaw Muscles

Clenching your jaw throughout the day is bad for your oral health. Instead, relax your muscles whenever you notice such activity. Rubbing your jaw can also help release the built-up tension in your muscles.

Be Conscious Of Your Clenching

When you notice that you are clenching your jaw, just drop all your worries by practicing meditation for a while. Then, try noticing this throughout the day to help with the situation. 

Avoid Chewy And Sticky Food

Many people have a habit of chewing on gum all day long. Gum may be yummy to eat, but it can cause serious damage to your teeth if you do not take action. Any kind of sweet chewy food like gums, candies, steak, popcorn, etc., can cause serious harm to your teeth. 

Practice all the methods mentioned above and visit your dentist soon. Get expert dental care services from Jeanne V. Devi, DDS, to help maintain your dental health. Call us at (626) 795-2544 or visit our website for more details. We are located at 595 E Colorado Blvd Suite 603, Pasadena, CA 91101.

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