Written By: Michele, The Green-Mother
For as long as I can remember, I have always grinded my teeth. My son Liam has also inherited this nasty habit from me and I can often hear him from across the hallway at night.
I frequently experience many symptoms related to this. It is mostly felt in the morning due to a night time grinding session. I also tend to feel these pesky sensations through out the day probably because I tend to clench my jaw without even knowing.
The most common symptoms of teeth grinding are:
– sore cheek muscles,
– loose or temperature-sensitive teeth,
– headache, earache or jaw pain.
Teeth grinding is also known as bruxism. To read more about bruxism please follow the link below:
What can cause teeth grinding?
– a misaligned bite,
– nervous tension,
– suppressed anger.
What can happen if this is left untreated?
If bruxism is left untreated it can eventually wear your teeth. If you feel this may be an issue for you I strongly recommend that you visit your dentist to evaluate your situation.
How can I reduce grinding my teeth?
There are many natural ways to relieve teeth grinding. I suggest that you use the method that works best for you. Get creative and experiment with a few.
– Biofeedback training is designed to reduce jaw muscle tension.
– Daily physical activity is a great stress reducer.
– Practicing yoga or tai chi.
– Avoid consuming alcohol at night.
– Practice deep breathing exercises.
– Asking your dentist to fit you with a molded mouth guard. This can be a helpful tool to use while you are sleeping.
What have been your experiences with teeth grinding?"/>