You had a stressful day and you unleased your tension by grinding your teeth at night -
Avoid stressful thoughts, activities, and movies in the hours before bedtime. You probably don't realize it , but just before bed is the worst time to pay the bills, watch Die Hard reruns, or talk about your in-
While you're in bed -
Practice progressive muscle relaxation before you go to sleep, so tension doesn't lead you to grind at night. When you're lying in bed, tense, then relax the muscles in your feet. Repeat with your calf muscles, then thigh muscles, and so on, progressively tensing and relaxing each set of muscles all the way up your body. By the time you tense and relax your neck and jaw muscles, you should feel as limp as a rag doll.
Avoid eating within an hour of bedtime. Digesting food while you sleep makes you more likely to grind your teeth.
A protective mouth guard made for boxers and defensive linebackers will work for teeth grinders too. Many types of protective mouth guards are available at sporting goods stores. Follow directions on how to mold it to your bite, then wear it to bed at night. The rubbery material will absorb pressure and save your teeth from damage. (if you find that the mouth guard keeps falling out, or you wear it right through, talk to your dentist about a customized mouth guard).
Give Your Jaw a Break
During the day, make a conscious point of keeping your jaw relaxed and your teeth apart. As a reminder to yourself, rest your tougue between your top and lower teeth -
Avoid excessively hard or chey foods -
Watch What You Imbibe
Keep alcohol consumption to a minimum -
Avoid caffeinated drinks. Since caffeine is a stimulant, if you drink coffee, black tea, or caffeinated soft drinks, you're far nore likely to grind your teeth.
Get Mineral Power
Take powdered magnesium and calcium -
Did you know?
When you grind you may be putting as much as 1,200 pounds of pressure on the crowns and roots. That recurring pressure is what can break or loosen your teeth.
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