How To Stop Grinding Your Teeth At Night

13th January 2015

Many people in the UK – more than six million, according to The Bruxism Association – grind their teeth in their sleep but doing this constantly can actually cause a lot of damage, from fractures and excessive tooth wear to premature tooth loss. If you’re worried, talk to your dentist in Manchester and ask them for some advice.

You may not even know you’re doing it, so if nobody’s mentioned it to you look out for symptoms like migraines, only being able to open your mouth so far and aching muscles. If you have any of these signs, make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as you can.

Bruxism – as teeth grinding is also known – can be brought on by the stress of everyday life or simply be a physical response during sleep. Your dentist may suggest you wear a mouth guard while you sleep so as to help you stop doing it, although it may be down to the fact that your teeth are out of line or in the incorrect bite position, in which case you may need to be fitted for a brace.

It is possible that relaxation techniques like meditation could also help you to stop grinding, so why not try it out before you go to bed to see if it makes a difference. Hypnosis as a treatment method is also under review, with some bruxists saying it has really helped to relieve the problems of grinding their teeth in their sleep. You need to find out what works best for you, so make sure you have a good long chat with your dentist about it.