Many of us are not aware that we grind or clench our teeth – it happens mostly at night and reduce the quality of sleep that everyone needs – side effects are apart from less sleep, stiff neck, headache and very often long-term wear and tear of your teeth.
If you or the person you live with grinds their teeth at night, you also know what problems it can cause. Headaches, pain in the teeth, anxious sleep and not least the sound of teeth grinding that can keep anyone awake. These are problems that can affect the whole family.
But there are methods and tools to address these problems and make your everyday life significantly better.
1. Check your stress and anxiety levels
Stress and anxiety are some of the main factors that can trigger tooth grinding or bruxism. Stress is unfortunately an all too common part of our everyday lives and can be difficult to influence. But being aware of its existence and trying to find time for relaxation and winding down is probably one of the best methods to also affect your tooth grinding.
2. Cut down on caffeine and other stimulants
Getting a lot of caffeine increases tonus in your muscles and certainly gives a positive kick but can also prevent you from relaxing and resting especially at night. Drinks with a high sugar content can have the same effect and are as you know also harmful to the enamel of your teeth. Try to limit your intake of these substances and you will also be able to sleep better at night and reduce the tooth grinding.
3. Relaxing massages
The factors we discussed increase your muscle tone and tension in the neck and jaws are important background factors for the tooth grinding. The tensions can lead to more chronic problems with headaches, facial pains and TMJ problems (the joint for your lower jaw), so it is important that you treat them and come to terms with the causes. Regular massages and relaxation exercises reduce these tensions and lead to grinding subsiding.
4. Good sleep hygiene
Anything that prevents you from relaxing and getting a good sleep increases the chances of you grinding or clenching your teeth. Make sure your bedroom is dark. Feel free to remove the TV and your mobile from the bedroom because they are well-known gadgets that will prevent you from relaxing and asleep.
Create a good sleep hygiene with a dark, quiet and cool bedroom free of things that can steal your attention and prevent you from relaxing.
5. Get a Dental guard
Using a dental guard is a very effective way to stop teeth grinding. They are designed to create a distance between your upper and lower jaw so that your teeth do not come into contact with each other.
The dental guard causes the jaw muscles to relax and you will quickly notice that your sleep is improving and that you wake up more refreshed and relaxed. Beconfident Protect dental guard is very safe, easy to adjust and comfortable to use. Protect is also a dental guard that is sleek and easy to get used to – very important because if you do not use the dental guard it will not help you to get rid of your teeth grinding. Simple as that.
We wish you a good nights sleep so you can re-load and conserve energy for the day.
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