Relieve stress ‘to prevent tooth grinding’
Stress can aggravate teeth grinding and result in jaw and tooth damage, according to one industry reporter, who recommends meditation to help.
Writing for the Detroit News, Alison Johnson claimed deep breathing and exercise can help to diffuse stress and reduce the likelihood of people grinding their teeth as they sleep.
Relaxing before bed by reading a book or listening to calming music and avoiding alcohol and caffeine were also recommended techniques.
Jaw pain, worn or chipped teeth, early morning headaches and gum tenderness are all signs of night time clenching and grinding, Ms Johnson explained and should be assessed by a dentist.
She also suggested that some people may find wearing a mouthguard protects their teeth by preventing them from rubbing together throughout the night.
The rise in the number of people seeking treatment for the condition is of concern, according to recent reports in Medical News Today, which said severe cases could result in tooth loss.