Bruxism is the medical term referring to clenching and grinding of the teeth, performed unknowingly and at inappropriate times. People who suffer from bruxism often do not know that they have developed this mannerism, and often do not realize that treatment is available until damage to the teeth and mouth has been done. Tooth enamel and the inside of the cheek may be damaged by bruxism. By employing all the remedies below, you can safely and effectively stop grinding your teeth.
Things You'll Need
- Hot towel
- Crunchy vegetables
- Mouth guard
Apply a hot damp towel to your face. Applying heat will enhance the blood circulation around your face. It will also relax your jaws and prevent them from clenching. Run a clean towel under hot water for a few minutes. Squeeze the water out and cover your face for 20 minutes or until the towel cools down.
Exercise your face by munching on crunchy vegetables every night. Chewing is an effective facial exercise that can reduce tooth-grinding by calming your jaws and mouth. Chew on carrots, apples, or broccoli every day, especially before going to bed.
Sleep with your head and neck elevated. Tooth-grinding usually occurs while you're sleeping on your back with your head resting flat. A slight elevation of your neck and head will ease your grinding problem. Elevate your head and neck with a firm, comfortable pillow. This position will help you breathe easier and keep your head relaxed.
Wear a protective mouth guard. A mouth guard is a comfortable covering that protects your teeth from injury caused by tooth-grinding. Constant use of a mouth guard can reduce grinding over time. You can wear a mouth guard even if you have braces. Consult a dentist to find out what kind of mouth guard is best for you.
Perform yoga deep-breathing exercises. Tooth-grinding is usually caused by stress. Deep-breathing exercises can help your body and mind relax. When you are relaxed you are less likely to grind your teeth. Do yoga deep breathing every day, especially before going to bed. (See Resources for a YouTube video on yoga breathing.)