Teeth grinding is actually pretty common. There have been many studies conducted on the subject. Today, I’m going to give you some answers to common questions about teeth grinding.
The first question is how do you know if you grind your teeth in the first place? Teeth grinding often occurs during sleep so most people are not aware that they grind their teeth. Many people will learn this from their loved one. There are also some physical symptoms of grinding your teeth; a constant dull headache, or a sore jaw are just a couple of them. Tell the dentist if you suspect that you do grind your teeth. They can examine you for jaw tenderness or abnormalities in your teeth, which are symptoms as well.
It is important to get this diagnosis because teeth grinding can result in some very serious dental problems. Your teeth can become fractured, loosened, or it could result in tooth loss. It could damage your jaw, cause hearing loss, or change the appearance of your face in very severe cases.
The general cause for this is stress, but it could also be caused by an abnormal bite, or a missing tooth etc. A pretty quick and easy fix would be to go to the dentist and get a mouth guard to wear at night. You should also see the dentist to see if there is any damage done to the teeth.
There are some home remedies that can be done as well. Try to avoid foods and drinks with caffeine or alcohol in it. Don’t chew on the ends of your pens or pencils and avoid chewing gum as this gets you used to clenching your jaw. You can also train yourself not to clench your jaw. If you notice clenching during the day, try positioning your tongue in between your top and bottom teeth. This should help you relax your jaw. You can also use a warm cloth or massage your jaw muscles before going to bed to keep your jaw relaxed at night. However, the most sure-fire way to prevent teeth grinding would be to go to the dentist and get fitted for a mouth guard.