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Tips to Keep From Grinding Teeth

Stop the Chomp: Tips to Quit Grinding Teeth

I don't like going to the dentist for many reasons. Aside from the prodding and scraping, I shutter when my dentist asks, "Have you been grinding your teeth?" While I'd love to shake my head and look at her like she's lost her mind, we both know that yours truly has taken to grinding my teeth on occasion. While getting a bite guard is the most often prescribed treatment for bruxism (that's the fancy medical term for grinding your teeth), there are a few other things that one can do to keep from clenching their way through the night.

To keep me from cracking my teeth into a bacterial oblivion, my dentist passed on some pointers to me that I'm happy to share with you. Want to check the suggestions out?

  • Lay off the caffeine. It can get you hyper and worked up before bedtime when you should be relaxed and calm.
  • Say no to gum. Since chewing gum mimics the grinding motion you might make when sleeping, encourage your jaw and teeth to get back in the groove during sleeping hours by giving gum up.
  • Engage in meditation before hitting the sheets. It can relax your whole body — right down to your jaw.
  • Unwind. Read a book or take a bath to de-stress before bedtime.
  • Get a professional bite guard to protect the teeth from each other.

Do you have any pointers to share with us? Please share in the comments section below!

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GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
I grind during my sleep, too. I wear a professional night guard, which protects my teeth, but I know I still grind. I grind holes through my guard! It's hard because I grind in my sleep. I'm unconscious. I can't control myself. Oh well. Recently, I gave up gum, too. This give my jaw a break.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
I've basically tried everything, especially after actually chipping teeth while I grind away as I sleep, but the only thing I can really do is use a bite guard so that I protect my teeth.
dd-sugar dd-sugar 6 years
What worked for me was the SleepRight dental guard. There's others like it but it's not like a traditional mouth guard you bite down on. Those things just left me with a sore jaw in the morning. It keeps your teeth slightly apart but your lips are closed over it. It takes a few weeks/months of wearing, and it was a little expensive, but I don't grind anymore, and I don't clench my jaw during the day either. Wish I'd had this years ago! I try to work on the stress but it's hard!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 6 years
I am a bad grinder...but I don't even know I do it! I hate the mouth guards and have tried every other imginable thing...what to do!
J-Rabbit J-Rabbit 6 years
I never thought about quitting gum. Good idea.
LeiraElle LeiraElle 6 years
I'm not sure about meditation, but (@ lady_jade) yoga before bed sounds like a good idea. I tend to spit out my mouth guard while sleeping, so I'll definitely be trying some of these suggestions.
sydneybennett sydneybennett 6 years
A night guard won't stop the grinding but will at least protect your teeth. Try chelated Magnesium or Peter Gillham's Natural Calm Magnesium drink -- magnesium relaxes muscles. Also, if you are taking antidepressants and its making your grinding worse you might talk to your doctor about switching because not all of them make you clench or grind. I've been battling this for over 10 years and it definitely comes and goes with stress so try to relax.
lady_jade lady_jade 6 years
I'm glad this was posted-this is something I'm constantly trying to stop doing. I use a guard and quit gum, but a bit of yoga before bed has helped tremendously.
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