Tooth Grinding Home Care
Home care for bruxism may include:
- Avoid chewing gum.
- Eat food that is easy to chew.
- Use a bruxism dental guard.
- Use the guard while sleeping.
- A dental guard can be purchased without a prescription at your local pharmacy
- Your dentist may make you a custom dental guard
- Follow your dentist's instructions.
- Reduce stress.
- Acetaminophen for pain
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
Tooth Grinding Stress
Tips to reduce stress in someone with bruxism:
- Accept what you cannot change.
- Ask for help if you need it.
- Associate with people you enjoy and who treat you well.
- Consider life as challenges to seek not obstacles to avoid.
- Do not be dominated by one thing such as work or relationships.
- Do not feel guilty when you have to say "no" to extra duties or tasks. Respect your limitations.
- Energize your body with regular exercise.
- Engage in hobbies.
- Find the joy in giving.
- Fuel your body with healthy foods and avoid drugs and alcohol.
- Get a regular fresh air and sunshine.
- Have the courage to be imperfect.
- Keep your sleep habits regular.
- Make a list of all the stresses that cause you distress. Dispose of the ones you can and reduce your exposure to the others as much as possible.
- Pamper yourself with simple pleasures that give you joy.
- Practice relaxation and meditation.
- Realize that you are responsible for how you feel.
- Reevaluate and rearrange your priorities.
- Remember it is all right to cry.
- Schedule time for fun. Laughter dissolves tension.
- Seek professional help with overwhelming hard to solve problems.
- Take a few minutes of quiet time each day just for you to rejuvenate.
- Talk with someone you trust, it can be the best medicine.
- Try new experiences.
- The strict avoidance of stimulants may be all that is necessary in some individuals. This includes substances such as:
Tooth Grinding Warning Signs
Notify your doctor if you have bruxism and any of the following:
Continue to Tooth Grinding Underlying Cause
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