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By Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
January 26, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: teeth grinding  

Bruxism is the habit of clenching or grinding the teeth. Bruxism may be occasional and mild or frequent and aggressive. Dr. Jason Ako at teeth grindingKahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Honolulu, HI offers a variety of treatments for bruxism. Here are five teeth grinding solutions you should be aware of.

1. Cut Down on Caffeine

Avoid or cut back on beverages and foods that contain caffeine, such as coffee, chocolate, tea and soft drinks. Don’t drink caffeinated beverages after dinner. Opt for hot water with lemon or herbal tea. Caffeine can have a disruptive effect on your sleep and lead to teeth grinding.

2. Reduce Stress Levels

If you grind and clench your teeth because of stress, you may be able to prevent this problem with activities that promote relaxation, such as massage, yoga, biofeedback, meditation, hypnosis or using a sauna.

3. Form A New Habit

Train yourself not to grind or clench your teeth. If you notice that you grind or clench your teeth during the day, position the tip of your tongue between your teeth. This practice trains your jaw to relax.

4. Wear A Bite Plate

Ask your Honolulu dentist about a bite plate. Also known as a mouth splint or an occlusal splint, a bite plate is made of harder plastic than a mouth guard. A bite plate will prevent wear and tear of your teeth due to teeth grinding. Bite plates are no more effective than mouth guards, but they tend to last longer.

5. Wear A Night Guard

Your dentist may suggest a night guard that can be worn while sleeping. The night guard acts as a protective layer between your top and bottom teeth. A night guard will protect your teeth from damage.

Now is the perfect time to make a wise decision. If you routinely grind your teeth, call Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Honolulu, HI at (808) 734-6022 to schedule an appointment. With the proper treatment, we can help improve your sleep, alleviate the pain in your jaw and prevent damage to your teeth.