Teeth Clenching (Bruxism) is a condition in which you grind, gnash or clench your teeth. If you are like me, you may unconsciously clench your teeth together during the day or grind them at night, which can cause headaches, muscle & jaw discomfort and can also damage your teeth.
There are a number of ways you can help stop this habit.
Store-bought Night Guards.
Custom Fit Night Guards.
Sleeping on your Back
So - for me, using my night guard in combination with the new sleep position has been a big help. I considered trying acupuncture, but I am not even sure that it could address this problem. If anyone has any other ideas or successes with overcoming this habit - I'd love to know about it.
Can't say enough about how important the night guard is. Before I got mine, I cracked a tooth, broke a filling, and ground down a crown. If you are a grinder, don't put this off. It is worth the expense.
Does anyone know what causes this? (vitamin def.)? etc. I cracked my tooth on all 4 sides, have to have it pulled, and an implant put in. I now wear a NTI mouthguard @ night which is great but the damage is done. So dissapointed with all of this!
I clench day and night. I have now a cracked tooth and have a custom night guard. I am in the process of getting the tooth worked on and a day guard to come.
I clench my teeth ALL the time. I try to notice it to stop myself durning the day but who knows what's going on durning the night. my jaws hurt all day long (tmj). i find i do it alot more if i'm stressed,and that's alot ! i guess i will have this forever, but i'm working on it.Thanks for the story !