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Do You Clench Your Teeth in Your Sleep?

Posted on 12/20/2016 by Zac Bird
A woman grinding her teeth.
Have you ever woken up to a really sore jaw and teeth that just ache? This may be due to clenching your teeth in your sleep. Many people do this when stress builds up in their lives, and they typically do it without realizing they are doing it.

If you think you might be biting down in your sleep, ask your dentist to take a look. They can usually see signs of it going on in your teeth at your next exam, and they can help your mouth not be in as much pain by fitting you with a mouth guard to wear on your really stressed out days.

Ways of Keeping Your Stress Down to Help You Stop Clenching

Stress is the most common reason for clenching your teeth, also referred to as bruxism. If you can reduce your stress, the bruxism often works itself out and stops. Here are a few ideas to give you a little bit of peace in your life and cut down on some of your stress.

Pick up a new hobby. Do something productive with your hands each day, even if only for ten or fifteen minutes. Write a story, blog, read a book, bake a dessert, plant a garden, or try your hand at a video game. Just do something that makes you smile for a few minutes of you-time each day.

Exercise is another great option. Going out for a walk or jog can help. As can trying your hand at crossfit or aerobics. Just get some tension out before going to sleep.

Bruxism is not good for your teeth. It can leave them in pain, suffering from cracks and fractures, and it can even break your teeth if enough pressure is applied. Contact our office and work on reducing your stress to try and get the most relaxation you can to help spare your teeth.









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