Teeth Grinding~

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I realised that I have been grinding teeth in my sleep and this freak me out a little. I do not know how long it has been going on but I’ve been told that I’ve been grinding for 3 consecutive nights.Is this due to stress, fatique or braces?

I am not so sure and thus I googled about the condition and found that it is labelled as Bruxism. It can cause fracturing, loosening or even loss of teeth! My goodness!

Apart from that, it could also affect jaws, result in hearing loss and change the appearance of the face.Some tips that I found out on how to prevent teeth grinding is as below :

- Avoid or cut back on foods and drinks that contain caffeine, such as colas, chocolate, and coffee.- Avoid alcohol. Grinding tends to intensify after alcohol consumption.

- Do not chew on pencils or pens or anything that is not food. Avoid chewing gum as it allows your jaw muscles to get more used to clenching and makes you more likely to grind your teeth.

- Train yourself not to clench or grind your teeth. If you notice that you clench or grind during the day, position the tip of your tongue between your teeth. This practice trains your jaw muscles to relax- Relax your jaw muscles at night by holding a warm washcloth against your cheek in front of your earlobe.

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