Bruxism, also termed teeth grinding, is the excessive grinding of the teeth and/or clenching of the jaw.
There are two key types of bruxism:
1. Sleep Bruxism
Sleep bruxism happens during the course of the night. Signs of sleep bruxism are commonly worst upon waking and then improve through the day.
Signs of sleep bruxism include:
• Waking up with headaches
• Waking up with a sore jaw
• Teeth that are sensitive to hot or cold foods or drinks
2. Awake Bruxism
This kind of bruxism occurs when you are awake. The indicators of this kind of bruxism may not exist whatsoever upon waking but then intensify over the day.
Stress is usually the major reason for teeth grinding. Here are a few basic approaches to help alleviate your stress, and hopefully help reduce grinding your teeth:
1. Have a balanced diet
2. Try not to clench your jaw or grit your teeth while you are awake
3. Watch what you eat and drink before you go to sleep
4. Unwind before bed; try various techniques, like listening to relaxing songs, while you are preparing yourself for or laying in bed
5. Get on a consistent sleep pattern
6. Enjoy yourself and enjoy life
7. Consult with your dentist for an appointment