How to Stop Clenching My Teeth

Clenching your teeth may seem like a minor problem. However, it can lead to headaches and even damaged teeth. Regular dental care is essential for the diagnosis and treatment of teeth clenching. The following article will discuss how to stop yourself from clenching your teeth.

Things You'll Need

  • Mouth guard

Instructions

    • 1

      Learn to relax. Many people grind their teeth because they are stressed. You may be able to lessen or prevent your teeth grinding by using relaxation techniques such as yoga, stretching or exercise.

    • 2

      Go to the dentist. Your dentist may be able to provide you with a mouth guard or appliance to prevent you from grinding your teeth. These are especially helpful while you are sleeping. Your dentist can custom-fit your guard or appliance to your mouth.

    • 3

      Ask your dentist about corrective measures. Teeth grinding may be associated with dental-related problems. Your dentist may need to place crowns on your teeth or correct misaligned teeth.

    • 4

      Try behavior therapy. This will entail practicing proper jaw positioning. Focus on placing the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth with your lips closed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Damaged teeth can be repaired with prosthetic crowns.
  • If you are having difficulty with proper jaw positioning, you may want to try biofeedback.
  • If you grind your teeth severely and have not responded to other types of treatment, talk with your doctor about Botox injections.
  • Don't rely on medication. For the most part, medications have not been shown to be effective in treating teeth grinding.
  • Don't assume it's not your problem. Many people who grind their teeth at night are not aware of it until damage has already taken place.
  • Don't skip the dentist. You can purchase an over-the-counter mouth guard instead of going to the dentist for a custom-fit one. However, they typically do not fit well and can slip out of place while you are sleeping.

Resources

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