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How to stop teeth grinding

How to stop teeth grinding

Teeth grinding can cause significant damage to your teeth and jaw. Some consequences include teeth loosening, erosion, and chronic jaw pain. Unfortunately, it typically occurs when stress levels are high, and it often occurs during your sleep. For those that experience teeth grinding, more specifically known as bruxism, it can be a burden for your overall sleep quality and mouth hygiene. Definitely something worth finding a solution for. If you grind your teeth, here are some treatments to consider. 


Stress management

As we mentioned before, high anxiety and stress levels can cause sleep bruxism. A good way to curb stress-induced teeth grinding is to do activities that calm your mind as well as your jaw. Meditation, jaw exercises, and a cool-down stretches before bedtime can be a worthwhile solution.  


Facial exercises

Looking for a free and simple solution? Try massaging your face, head, and neck. Our muscles in this area can be quite tight. This may be one of the reasons you grind your teeth. Here is a great jaw exercise video to get you started. As always, if you’re unsure of what type of exercises to try, speaking with a doctor can vastly help. 


Good Morning Snore Solution

Not only does our mouthpiece reduce snoring, but it prevents teeth grinding as well. In fact, Good Morning Snore Solution customers have been pleasantly surprised with this side benefit, and have reached out to us saying it completely solved their teeth grinding problem. All in all, the Good Morning Snore Solution mouthpiece is a great snoring and teeth grinding remedy for those that want a simple and cost-effective fix.


Dental work

For severe cases, dental correction relieves the pain most long-time teeth grinders feel. Over time, the wear and tear causes more sensitivity and an inability to chew properly. This option may require reshaping and crowns, but may be worth it in those extreme cases. 


Biofeedback therapy

Those who have teeth grinding issues aren’t always aware they do it. This is where biofeedback therapy comes in handy. Biofeedback therapy is a technique that helps people become more aware of and eliminate involuntary behaviour. According to Healthline, “a biofeedback therapist will teach you how to control your jaw muscle movements through visual, vibratory, or auditory feedback”. Although research for this method is limited, it’s an option for people willing to try newer alternatives. 


Untreated teeth grinding can cause significant pain down the line. Don’t wait for the pain to find a solution.  


References

  1. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bruxism/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20356100
  2. https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-stop-grinding-teeth#biofeedback
  3. https://beddingpal.com/good-morning-snore-solution-reviews/
  4. https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/teeth-grinding