How to Stop Grinding Your Teeth at Night
July 16th, 2020
Have you been waking up with a headache or jaw pain? If so, you may have a condition called nocturnal bruxism, which involves grinding or clenching your teeth at night. One of the most effective solutions to address grinding and safeguard your smile is a custom-made oral appliance called a night guard. You’ll enjoy restful sleep and will wake up feeling better than ever!
What Are the Symptoms of Teeth Grinding?
Teeth grinding is often linked to sleep disorders, including snoring or sleep apnea. Patients report morning headaches, facial pain, ear pain, sore gums, teeth sensitivity, stiffness of the neck and shoulders, sleep disruptions, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) discomfort. Repeated grinding can wear down the teeth and weaken them, often leading to fracture and tooth loss.
How Can You Stop Grinding Your Teeth at Night?
One of the leading causes of bruxism is anxiety. Addressing this condition and learning to relax can help limit teeth grinding. Consider seeking professional help to manage your stress, and try out relaxation techniques, including yoga, deep breathing, massages, bathing before going to bed, listening to relaxing music, or meditation.
Dietary changes can sometimes help. Avoiding alcohol and stimulants such as caffeine a few hours before bed often helps reduce teeth grinding. Talk to your healthcare provider about any current medications, which may be aggravating your bruxism. Switching to alternative drugs may help address the condition.
How Your Dentist Can Help
The most effective treatment for grinding teeth is wearing a custom-made mouthguard known as a night guard or a nocturnal bite plate. The oral appliance provides cushioning and a protective barrier between your upper and lower teeth, preventing the teeth from grinding against one another.
Bruxism Solutions Near Me
Contact Avalon Dental Care in the El Segundo and Carson areas to learn more about our custom night guards made from impressions of your teeth for the best fit, comfort, and protection. We look forward to helping you enjoy restful sleep and maintain your healthy smile for many years to come. Call us and schedule your appointment today!