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Bruxism is the name of the condition where you grind or clench your teeth. This often occurs at night and can damage your teeth and cause jaw problems. Whether the cause is because of stress or sleeping on your back, there are several treatments your dentist may recommend for bruxism.

Reduce Stress

Teeth grinding and clenching can often be a coping mechanism for stress. Try to remove some of the stress in your life and relax or do meditation in the hours before your bedtime.

Wear a Mouth Guard

Wearing a mouth guard when you sleep stops tooth clenching and grinding.

Sleep Differently

How you sleep can prevent tooth grinding. Instead of sleeping on your back, try sleeping on your side of stomach. Get plenty of sleep every night. Consult a sleep specialist if you think you have sleep apnea (which has been linked to bruxism).

Avoid Harmful Substances

Smoking or the consumption of alcohol and caffeine can cause bruxism. Avoid using these substances.

Train Your Tongue

The Cleveland Clinic says that lightly resting your tongue on the back of your upper front teeth, holding your lips together and teeth apart, can stop bruxism in the day and the night.

Don’t Chew If It’s Not Food

Don’t chew on pens, pencils, or fingernails. Also avoid chewing gum.