• How Do I Stop Grinding My Teeth at Night?

    No one can deny there’s a shortage of bad news these days; a cost-of-living crisis following the pandemic, war in Europe and climate change are the big ones, so it’s no surprise at Puresmile Slough Dental & Implants in Farnham Common we’re seeing more patients suffering from teeth grinding. If you suffer from teeth grinding at night, while you sleep, here are some ways to help you put a stop to this problem before the situation worsens.

    Check for any signs on waking

    Some of the most common symptoms of a night filled with teeth grinding are: a painful jaw, headache, sensitive teeth, swollen gums, and sore inner cheeks caused by accidental biting during the night.

    Confirm if you grind your teeth during the night

    Ask a loved one if you grind your teeth while you sleep or if your teeth grinding keeps them awake. If you sleep alone, you might want to consider recording the sounds that you make while you’re fast asleep, to confirm if you have a teeth grinding problem.

    Manage your stress levels

    The team at Puresmile Slough Dental & Implants in Farnham Common is sensitive to the fact stress is a major factor in teeth grinding problems. If you’re aware of stress in your life and can identify and deal with the source of stress, then this should help alleviate the problems associated with teeth grinding.

    Avoid alcohol

    Alcohol may help you fall asleep quicker, but it’s also responsible for a restless night. Your teeth grinding may become worse after drinking alcohol.

    Avoid caffeine before bedtime.

    Caffeine works as a stimulant which makes it hard for your jaw muscles to relax when you sleep. Avoid consumption of coffee, fizzy drinks, chocolates and sugar, especially before going to bed.

    Promote good sleep hygiene

    Turn off the TV and stay away from your mobile phone & other gadgets right before you go to sleep. These will stimulate your brain and will make it harder for you to get a restful night of sleep.

    If you’re worried about grinding your teeth and feel it’s effecting your general and oral health, contact us today and book a consultation with our experienced dental team.