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Teeth Grinding in Your Sleep - Have You Got That Grinding Feeling

12 Nov, 2015

Teeth Grinding in Your Sleep - Have You Got That Grinding Feeling

Teeth grinding in your sleep is something that most people don't become aware of until they visit their dentist. More properly known as sleep bruxism, grinding your teeth in your sleep can be bad for both your teeth and for your state of mind.
Sleep bruxism can lead to the following outcomes:
* teeth becoming worn down
* broken teeth
* loose teeth
* painful teeth along with general pain in the mouth and jaw
It can also lead to jaw joint disorders, headaches and other abrasions in the mouth.
As if that wasn't enough, sleep bruxism can also have a profound impact on the quality of your sleep. Sufferers often wake up feeling that they have not had a good night's sleep. Often they may not be aware of the cause of their poor quality sleep until someone (usually their dentist) identifies the problem and starts treating them for it.
So how do you prevent that teeth grinding feeling then?
Well, often your dentist will set you up with some form of night mouth guard. In my case my dentist said "it might feel odd at first, but give it time and you won't be able to sleep without it".
Unfortunately, he was right. Now if I go on holiday and forget to take my night mouth guard with me chances are I'll wake up feeling tense - feeling that I did not have a good night's sleep. Surely, there has to be a better way?
Thankfully, having sleep bruxism doesn't have to mean a lifetime of wearing night mouth guards.
Natural therapies that may help stop teeth grinding in your sleep include :
* biofeedback
* hypnosis
* stress management and relaxation therapy
* herbal remedies


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