Home Remedies to Treat Teeth Grinding

Posted on 2/15/2024 by Weo Admin
Photo Brian K. Rounds, DDS in Lacey, WATeeth grinding, or bruxism, is a common condition in children and adults and often happens during sleep or stressful situations. While bruxism disappears and fades as children develop their adult teeth, it can persist into adulthood. A recent sleep study revealed that nearly 10 percent of adults between 35 and 45 years old grind their teeth during sleep. Mild teeth grinding is not harmful, but delaying dental care can cause more severe damage. Here are some home remedies to help ease teeth grinding and the associated discomfort.

Splint Therapy

Splint therapy, or a night guard, is the most effective home remedy for managing teeth grinding. These customized dental appliances are worn while sleeping, separating the upper and lower teeth. The splint absorbs the forces of grinding, preventing further damage and reducing the effects on your jaw joint. You can get over-the-counter night guards, but we recommend professionally customized splints for optimal results.

Muscle Stretching Exercises

Teeth grinding is often caused by overactive muscle, and regular stretching exercises can help you relax. Your dentist can recommend gentle jaw exercises to address the problem while enhancing oral functions like chewing. This goes a long way in reducing the urge to grind teeth during the night. Simple exercises like opening your mouth as wide as comfortable and holding it for a few seconds, then closing it slowly, can help.

Warm Compress

Pressing a warm compress against the jaw area before bedtime can provide relief if you grind your teeth. The warmth relaxes the jaw muscles, reducing grinding frequency during sleep. Ensure the compress is comfortably warm to avoid discomfort or burns.

Teeth grinding is a harmful condition that affects people of all ages. While mild cases may not raise immediate concerns, routine professional checks can address minor signs of damage before they become more pronounced. If you grind your teeth, these home remedies can offer relief and help manage the condition. However, persistent symptoms prompt a consultation with your dentist or healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and personalized treatment plan.

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