3 Easy Steps To Stop Grinding Your Teeth

by Samantha on April 10, 2011

When people grind their teeth at night while they sleep, it is known as Bruxism. Bruxism can result in damage to your jaw and teeth, as well as cause you pain. As such, people who have this condition want to find a way to put an end to their nightly teeth grinding habit. There are some things you can do to help ease, or even stop, your teeth grinding.

Bruxism is often associated with stress. As such, one of the easiest ways to get rid of this condition is to focus on relaxing, getting exercise and engage in other stress relieving activities, such as getting a massage or giving yourself a massage.

There are many ways you can ease stress and relax, such as doing yoga or taking warms baths. You should also try doing exercises for your jaw muscles. These various techniques should help you stop grinding your teeth at night, and thus, put an end to waking up with pain in your neck, jaw, and/or shoulders. Let us break down these three techniques further.

First, relaxation is very important in addressing your Bruxism problem. As mentioned above, stress seems to play a big role in teeth grinding during one’s sleep. As such, it is important that you develop a daily routine that focuses on relieving your stress so that you feel stress-free at bedtime. Meditating, listening to relaxing music, doing some stretches, drinking some hot tea, or taking a nice walk, or a combination of these things, can all help wipe away the day’s stress so you are no longer grinding your teeth at night.

You should also stay away from caffeine, tobacco and alcohol before you go to bed since they act as stimulants and interfere with one’s ability to get a good night’s sleep.

Performing jaw exercises is the second way you can help relieve your Bruxism. Such exercises work to strengthen your jaw muscles while increasing flexibility. This should help alleviate your nightly teeth grinding habit.

Finally, performing self-massage is an excellent technique to help loosen your jaw muscles just before you hit the sheets. Combining the jaw exercises with this self-massage will work to get rid of the strains that ultimately cause you to grind your teeth in your sleep. You can see a massage therapist to massage these areas for you, as well as seek their advice on how to perform the proper massages on yourself.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Tony January 6, 2011 at 5:24 am

I don’t know if I grind my teeth at night but I often notice myself doing it when awake & soon as I realise I am I stop it. Most of the time I do it subconciously. Due to a childhood accident my top right front tooth overlaps my bottom tooth & doesn’t quite sit right. These are the ones I seem to grind the most & I have a groove worn away at the bottom rear of my top right front tooth.

Samantha January 6, 2011 at 5:53 am

Tony,

It seems like you need a visit to the dentist. To a good dentist :)

Thanks for dropping by

Samantha

Tony January 10, 2011 at 12:03 am

Probably but I am extremely dentalphobic. I usually tend to leave it till it’s nearly too late then I need an extraction. Bad I know…

Samantha January 10, 2011 at 2:52 am

Tony,

I hear you, I am dentalphobic as well. But when things are really bad and I have to go to the dentist, I just go :)

Adrienne August 15, 2011 at 10:42 am

Hi Samantha,

I was always curious as to why people grinded their teeth. I felt it had to do with something they obviously were worrying about while sleeping. But I thought Alcohol relaxed you so I’m surprised to hear that it can actually hurt you.

I think I’ve only had this problem once in my life and it’s been so long ago I don’t even remember when it was now. But these tips are really good to know. Thanks for sharing.

Adrienne

Liz August 27, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Hi,
I’ve been grinding my teeth for almost as long as I can remember (I’m 31 now). I’ve never had any cavities or real soreness in my jaw/face though it often feels tense.
It’s only been the last few months, however, I’ve ever been fitted with a mouth guard to wear at night.
I went to the dentist today (someone new, and just for a check-up) and he said that my jaw is actually malformed from grinding (my lower jaw, below my teeth, sticks out a bit). Has anyone else ever heard of this happening?
He also said there’d be major problems if I ever needed a tooth out…
Any info/links would be great! Thanks.
Liz

Stephanie October 18, 2011 at 11:27 pm

I’m only 13, and I’ve been grinding my teeth for as long as I remember. But for the past week or so, I’ve been waking up with my jaw being stiff and it hurts to loosen it. I don’t know what caused it. What should I do?

Melissa February 21, 2012 at 1:12 am

I have been grinding my teeth and I am 12 I hate it !!! My teeth are bad because I grind ! Any way to stop it or any advise. ??

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