Last updated on Jun 23rd, 2021 at 11:50 am
grinding your teeth is a common response to anxiety and stress. Although many people don’t even know they’re doing it, and many do most of their grinding in their sleep, the after-effects are noticeable
People who grind their teeth often experience facial ad jaw pain, jaw stiffness headaches, broken teeth and fillings earache and sleep disturbances. Over time grinding your teeth can also wear your teeth down.
Many of these symptoms disappear when you stop grinding your teeth.
Here are five tips to help you stop grinding your teeth.
Wear a mouthguard when sleep
Getting used to falling asleep with a mouthguard on can be awkward and uncomfortable at first, but it is an effective way to stop you from grinding your teeth.
The mouth guard acts as a physical barrier between your teeth, making it impossible for you to grind your teeth together.
De-stress and control your anxiety
Dealing with the root cause of your tooth grinding may be easier said than done.
Getting into relaxing routines before you sleep can be helpful. Exercising, taking a bath and drinking herbal teas have been known to help people get more restful sleep and calm their anxieties, even if it is only temporarily.
If your anxiety symptoms are overwhelming or increasingly affecting your daily activities, it is advisable to seek professional help and treatment.
Give yourself a facial massage
Massage your face, especially your jaw, before you sleep can help you relax your facial muscles.
It also makes you more conscious of your jaw clenching, which often turns into teeth grinding when you sleep.
Cut down on caffeine and sugar
Caffeinated foods and drink and food with lots of sugar have been known to make people more excitable and heighten anxiety.
Easing off of coffee, chocolates, sweets and energy drinks, especially in the evenings, can help you get more restful sleep and reduce tooth grinding.
Only chew your food
People who chew the ends of pencils, pen caps and gum throughout the day to relieve stress are more likely to continue chewing during their sleep, grinding their teeth.
Becoming aware of this habit and stopping it as soon as you notice it can also help you stop grinding your teeth while you sleep.
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