Question: My jaw hurts a lot, and I think this is due to grinding my teeth. How do I stop grinding my teeth?
Teeth grinding, or bruxism, is fairly common for adults. Grinding can be extremely destructive to your teeth, and cause other issues like jaw pain. The most common causes of teeth grinding are stress and misaligned teeth.
If the problem is misaligned teeth, a dentist will be able to preform orthodontic or restorative surgery to correct the alignment. These procedures are normally followed up with a specially formed custom mouth guard to wear at night. This plastic guard protects the teeth at night, when people often grind their teeth without knowing it.
Other methods to stop teeth grinding include practicing daily relaxation techniques like slow breathing or yoga poses, or physical therapy. These methods both help to reduce stress and train the jaw and face muscles to stay relaxed.
If you have any questions about teeth grinding, contact the professionals at DentaLux today!