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How To Stop Grinding Teeth At Night

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If you find yourself waking up in the morning with a sore jaw or a tension headache, you might be grinding your teeth. This common habit is called bruxism and when done at night, it's called sleep bruxism. Sleep bruxism affects 1 in 5 people and is best to try and stop when you first notice the signs. Here's How To Stop Grinding Teeth At Night.

The Signs

Sleep bruxism is often harder to notice as it happens while unconscious. However there are a few tell tale signs that can alert you to it's presence. One of the more commonly reported signs is tension in the jaw. If you wake up with jaw pain after sleeping, chances are you're grinding your teeth. Another symptom can be consistent morning headaches but it does need to be accompanied by another symptom to be diagnosed as bruxism. Grinding the teeth together regularly will eventually lead to damage of the teeth. If your teeth are starting to chip or wear down, it could be sleep bruxism.

How To Stop

Sleep bruxism is generally linked to stress and anxiety. While it's not always easy to completely rid stress from your life, you can rid it from your bedroom. Try and create a relaxing sleep environment by ensuring your bed is comfortable and your room is tidy. An uncomfortable bed and an untidy room bring a lot of subconscious stress to us that we may not notice. To reduce general stress, practice mindful awareness. As you close your eyes to drift off to sleep, become aware of the tension in your jaw. Sometimes just the motion of putting your head on the pillow signals the jaw to start clenching. Consciously loosen and relax the muscles in your jaw and your face. If you wake during the night, repeat the relaxation process.

If nothing seems to help when trying to prevent sleep bruxism, consider using a mouth-guard while you sleep. A mouth-guard will be issued to you by your dentist and they will consult with you to find the best solution. You can purchase mouth-guards from pharmacy's but it is recommended you get one custom made for regular use to avoid further dental problems.

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