Do you wake up with a sore jaw or a headache every morning? The chances are you grind your teeth while sleeping.
You can’t control this act because of you're unaware that you’re doing it. This condition is known as bruxism. And we want to explain 7 things that can help you prevent it.
– The reasons why a person has bruxism can vary and include psychological and genetic factors, a slightly “off” position of the upper teeth in relation to the lower teeth, and certain drugs.
– Нou should try to cut back on coffee, Coke, and energy drinks as they contain very high amounts of caffeine. If you drink them often, you can get too agitated and active during the day, making it much harder for you to relax and unwind when it's bedtime. The same goes for alcohol.
– Stress is a common cause of bruxism. It makes you nervous during the day and restless at night.
– Chewing any non-food item brings more bacteria into your mouth and messes with your normal mouth activity. This habit is directly linked to grinding your teeth, and uncontrollable chewing is a result of stress.
– Grinding your teeth can also mean that you lack certain supplements. Visit your doctor to run some tests and see if that's the case.
– Pay attention to how your jaw and teeth behave during the day. Sooner rather than later, you'll notice that they're living a life of their own! This is known as “awake bruxism.”
– The calmer and more relaxed you are, the better the chance that you'll sleep soundly without grinding your teeth.
– If you feel that you're not coping too well with your teeth grinding, go and see a specialist. Most likely, a dentist will recommend getting a mouth guard to wear at night to prevent your teeth from grinding and causing further damage.
Avoid caffeine and alcohol 2:50
Reduce stress levels in your life 4:02
Stop chewing things that are not food 4:54
Include calcium and magnesium in your diet 5:52
Pay attention to clenching 6:51
Relax properly before bed 7:43
Get a mouth guard 8:27