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How do you stop grinding your teeth during the day?

Asked by aviona (3237 points ) November 23rd, 2010

Lately I’ve developed the bad habit of grinding my teeth during the day. It’s strange because most people seem to do this unconsciously at night while sleeping and can wear mouth guards. Obviously I can’t wear a mouth guard during the day, though.

Most of the time I don’t realize I’m doing it, but when I do it really bothers me and hurts my jaw. Not to mention I’m wearing down my teeth. I’ve tried chewing gum and sticking my tongue between my teeth, but nothing seems to help.

Has anyone else experienced this or have any suggestions? It would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Frankie's avatar

I do this all the time, and I never notice that I’m doing it until my jaw starts hurting from the tension. I find that chewing a piece of gum, or having a hard candy or a mint in my mouth, relieves the urge to grind my teeth. Since gum doesn’t work for you, I’d try the hard candy. If all else fails, you should definitely ask your dentist. Prolonged grinding can really hurt your teeth and jaw.

wundayatta's avatar

You can wear mouth guards during the day. You just have to be strategic about putting them in and out. After a while you’ll get used to talking with them in, and you won’t sound different. I’m talking about custom built mouth guards made by your dentist.

They kept telling me I ground my teeth, and I bought two of the things at $500 per. One upper and one lower, when the upper didn’t work. I told them I wasn’t sure I did grind. But now, when I sleep, I put my tongue between my teeth, so I know I can’t be grinding.

I don’t know how I started with my tongue—maybe it’s getting floppy in it’s old age. But it spreads out at night. Maybe I was chewing it lightly. But it’s natural now. You might want to give it another shot.

aviona's avatar

@Frankie & @wundayatta thanks. Sounds like I need to talk to my dentist.

marinelife's avatar

Here are some tips:

“If stress is causing you to grind your teeth, ask your doctor or dentist about options to reduce your stress. Attending stress counseling, starting an exercise program, seeing a physical therapist, or obtaining a prescription for muscle relaxants are among some of the options that may be offered.

Other tips to help you stop teeth grinding include:

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Avoid or cut back on foods and drinks that contain caffeine, such as colas, chocolate, and coffee.
* Avoid alcohol. Grinding tends to intensify after alcohol consumption.
* Do not chew on pencils or pens or anything that is not food. Avoid chewing gum as it allows your jaw muscles to get more used to clenching and makes you more likely to grind your teeth.
* Train yourself not to clench or grind your teeth. If you notice that you clench or grind during the day, position the tip of your tongue between your teeth. This practice trains your jaw muscles to relax.”

seazen's avatar

I’d consider looking into counselling to find out why you are grinding your teeth.

jballzz's avatar

If anything, chew gun to keep your teeth busy.

seazen's avatar

@jballzz Just check the clip for bullets first.

jballzz's avatar

@seazen Lmao oops, typo. i feel retarded.

ChillMike04's avatar

I’m sure you could get a mouthguard that would be comfortable enough to wear throughout the day. Grinding your teeth is usually from stress, and drinking too much coffee does that to a lot of people.

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