Teeth grinding, or bruxism, is the involuntary clenching of your jaw during sleep or during the day. While most people may experience some light, occasional teeth grinding, some people experience frequent and more serious teeth gnashing. The problem with bruxism is that it can cause pain and soreness, headaches and severe damage to your teeth over time.
So why do people grind their teeth? There isn’t one explanation or teeth grinding. Various causes may include stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, abnormal bites and missing teeth. In many cases, people are unaware they are grinding their teeth because it occurs most often during sleep. If you suspect you have bruxism, it is recommended that you see a dentist. In addition, there are a few simple steps you can take at home to help remedy more mild cases.
- Reduce stress
Avoid stimulants in the evening (caffeine, alcohol)
- Practice good sleep habits
- Drink plenty of water
- Invest in a good night guard
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