How to Stop Grinding

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Are you suffering from bruxism, or teeth-grinding?  Your Federal Way Dentistry can help you get rid of this problem before it takes its toll on your jaw or tooth structure!  Try following these easy tips to rid yourself of bruxism:

  • A lot of grinding is caused by stress.  Identify anything that might be stressing you out, and figure out how to deal with it.

  • Pain in the teeth or jaw area can cause you to grind.  If you are experiencing any pain, alert your dentist so he can help you find relief.

  • Cut back on alcohol.

  • Cut back on caffeinated substances, like coffee, soda, and tea.

  • If you often chew items that are not food, like pencils, bottle caps, or gum, your jaw muscles are getting used to clenching.  This might aggravate your grinding problem.

  • If you grind during daytime, you can train your jaw muscles to relax by holding the tip of your tongue between your teeth.

  • If you grind at night, try relaxing your jaw muscles.  Hold a warm compress against your cheek for a few minutes before going to sleep.

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