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How To Stop Grinding Your Teeth At Night

Grinding your teeth can be a painful problem to those who do it involuntarily in their sleep. This condition is called bruxism and it's commonly caused by stress, anxiety or a genetic disposition. The effects include a painful jaw the next morning, headaches, toothache and tooth decay in more severe cases people have been known to grind away their fillings and expensive dental work. So what can be done to stop or control it?

Step 1: Speak to your local La Jolla dentist or orthodontist. Don't experiment with over-the-counter night guards or herbal elixirs in an attempt to self-remedy the situation. The best thing you can do is get help from a professional who can assess the damage your grinding problem is causing and give you sound advice. While over-the-counter night guards are effective in some cases, they break easily and fall out a lot of the time. Don't waste time with a half-baked solution to a problem this serious.

Step 2: Your dentist or orthodontist will more than likely make you an acrylic or plastic mouth guard to wear at night. This will be molded to fit your mouth specifically, so that it stays in and does the job it was intended for. It won't stop you from grinding your teeth or clenching at night, but it will put a stop to the damage. The main thing you need to do is wear the guard and clean it every night. If you don't wear it, you'll continue to whittle your teeth to stumps, and if you don't clean it you'll end up with a gum infection from the bacteria that congregates on it (not to mention that it will stink like a pair of old gym shorts).

Step 3: Try to relax. Stress is the biggest known factor that contributes to grinding and clenching. If you commit to eating healthy food, getting enough exercise and laying off the booze during the week, you'll work stress out more naturally. If healthy eating and weekly trips to local yoga studios don't do the trick, you may want to consider seeking medical treatment for stress from your local doctor in La Jolla.

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