Teeth grinding is a dangerous habit that can have a lasting impact on the health of your teeth, and beyond. While we recommend getting fitted for a nightguard to protect your teeth, there may be some natural remedies that could help you kick the habit altogether, which is especially important if you grind your teeth during waking hours.
Stress and anxiety are the leading cause of bruxism, also known as teeth grinding and clenching. One popular and effective way to manage that stress is through meditation. Not sure where to start? There are plenty of apps and other resources available to you from your smartphone. Or, start simple. Take five minutes out of your day to close your eyes and simply focus on your breath.
Another method that is often suggested as a treatment for bruxism is biofeedback therapy. This therapy is about training your mind to control involuntary habits like grinding and clenching in the same way that you control, say, your mouth as you smile at a friend.
This age-old form of alternative medicine can be very effective in addressing bruxism and some of its side-effects. Acupuncture works by targeting specific points on the body with tiny, painless needles. This treatment has been shown to promote relaxation and reduce stress. It can also be effective in helping with pain management, addressing things like headaches and muscle pain that bruxism often can cause.
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If you’re suffering from bruxism, it’s an issue you’ll want to get out in front of, before you face irreversible damage to your smile. Don’t delay, give our office a call! We’ll fit you for a comfortable, professional nightguard that will allow you to sleep soundly and avoid the damaging effects of tooth grinding.
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