Nevertheless, the most simple way to prevent teeth grinding is to alleviate stress. Since most teeth grinding is done when one is asleep, one can usually manage teeth grinding by
practicing relaxation methods before bed. This might mean reading a book, taking a walk, taking a relaxing bath, or listening to music. Applying a hot rag to your face has also been found to be an effective method. If needed, visit a medical professional or therapist who can help you examine any root causes.
Sometimes, however, eliminating stress may not lead to you stopping your teeth grinding. In this scenario, consider getting a mouthguard, which can at the very least help reduce the impact of your grinding. This is a worthy step in itself as you don’t want to be irrevocably grinding down enamel, or be messing up any previous dental work.
A mouthguard can also reduce pressure on the jaw joint.
Mouthguards can be worn day and night, although most people only wear them at night. They can be made customized by a dental professional, or they can be purchased at a drugstore for relatively cheap. The former option, as you may guess, can be more costly.
If one doesn’t want to wear a mouthguard, there are devices, such as headbands, that can
wake one up if they have been detected to have been grinding their teeth. They aren’t cheap, but they may be worth it, especially if a mouthguard hasn’t been as effective as one would like.
All in all, try to reduce stress to manageable levels, and teeth grinding usually will at least subside. It should be said that abnormal bites and crooked teeth play just as big of a role in teeth grinding as stress. Bruxism is a disorder that must be looked at holistically.