How to Stop Grinding Your Teeth – a Step by Step Guide

Posted on March 29, 2012 in Dental Articles

图片If you wake up with a sore jaw or a headache, you may be suffering from bruxism, or tooth grinding. People who suffer from bruxism unconsciously grind their teeth together when they are sleeping. Bruxism can cause teeth to become painful or loose and sometimes part of the teeth are literally ground away.

Here is a Step-by-step guide on how to Stop your Teeth Grinding

1st step: Find out if you are a teeth grinder – look out for these symptoms:

  • Sore Jaw
  • Tooth Sensitivity
  • Loose Teeth
  • Ear Aches
  • Ringing of the ears
  • or ask your sleeping partner, because many people grind their teeth at night and may not know it themselves.

2nd step: See your dentist – your dentist will tell if you are, in fact, grinding your teeth. Your dentist will also help you figure out the probable cause of your bruxism. Teeth grinding may be the result of a number of factors including, stress, diet, or misaligned teeth.

3rd step: Your dentist can then help you determine an appropriate treatment. Therapies may involve stress management, dental splints, mouth guards, or even more extensive dental procedures.  Because bruxism is common in children and often outgrown, sometimes no treatment is recommended.

4th step: If you are prescribed a treatment, you will need to stick to it. So, for example, if you are told to wear a mouth guard or a bite splint, you will need to use it exactly as your dentist instructs. Splints are among the most common method of protecting and stabilizing the teeth against bruxism.