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How to get rid of teeth grinding and its consequences?

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUTeeth grinding or bruxism is one of the most common causes for teeth wear and hypersensitivity, which can cause headaches as a result of jaw tension. Marita Soha, head of Signal brand in Latvia and chairperson of Latvian Dental Hygienists Association, offers five pieces of advice on how to get rid of teeth grinding habit.

1.Reduce your stress level – it is one of the main factors that cause teeth grinding. In order to reduce stress and improve the general state of health, it is necessary to focus on avoiding stress as much as possible. For example, spend some time meditating or going for a walk outside. It is difficult to reduce stress in our dynamic modern environment. Nevertheless, regular healthy sleep schedule and a healthy diet can help reduce stress considerably. Try massaging your neck, shoulder and face muscles before going to bed – it will help you relax.

2.Relax your jaw muscles. Try to get rid of the habit of nibbling on items. It is also advised to avoid using chewing gum too often. It will help jaws relax more. Teeth grinding is something people can do involuntarily in their sleep. If you notice yourself clenching your jaw tightly in waking hours, try to immediately relieve tension in your jaws.

3.Reduce the amount of caffeine you consume on a daily basis. You should stop drinking non-alcoholic beverages, coffee and energy drinks. Caffeine is a stimulant that does not allow the mind and jaw muscles to relax. If there is no way for you to drop your caffeine habit, at least avoid drinking coffee 2 to 4 hours before going to bed.

4.Consult with your dentist about mouth hygiene and using a tooth cap. The best kinds are the ones produced individually for each person. They can be hard and soft caps. Your dentist can recommend the best kind for you.

5.Proper teeth cleaning method can help avoid more dangerous consequences of bruxism. Teeth grinding ruins tooth enamel, creates cracks and increases overall sensitivity. In order to avoid more serious damage to your teeth, it is important to follow proper moth hygiene. Choose a toothbrush with soft hairs and fluoridated toothpaste for everyday use.

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