Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, occurs when the teeth are clenched tightly together and laterally move over each other resulting in mechanical damage to the teeth. While teeth grinding on an occasional basis generally does not cause harm, consistent and regular grinding patterns can lead to medical complications. Here are some ways to manage teeth grinding:
* Use a mouth guard
A mouth guard is a dental device which protects the teeth from grinding during sleep. By creating a protective barrier between the teeth, damage to the teeth is minimized.
* Reduce stress
Teeth grinding can be caused by stress. Visiting a counsellor, approaching a therapist, consulting a doctor and starting on an exercise program are some ways to help with the management of stress.
* Treating any sleep disorders
Somtimes, sleep disorders may result in teeth grinding. As such, it is advisable to seek treatment for the sleep disorder which can help with teeth grinding.
Here are some more tips for consideration:
* Reducing alcohol consumption
* Reducing caffeine intake
* Avoid chewing gum
* Practise relaxation of the jaw muscles