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Many people think the teeth-grinding habit is normal and natural and their teeth can handle the pressure. However, that’s not the case. Unfortunately, teeth grinding is dangerous for your smile because it can cause severe wear and tear as well as dental fractures. So, if you tend to grind your teeth, it’s best to consider treating the issue.

To help you do so, Dr. Bruce Brumm and our dental team have some tips for you.

Oftentimes teeth grinding results from stress. So, try to reduce your stress by attending stress counseling classes, exercising, seeing a physical therapist, or even taking relaxation medication. The less stressed you are, the better, especially because it increases your chances of quitting the habit. However, try to take the medication as the last resort. Natural remedies are always better.

Another way you can help your smile is by wearing a mouthguard. This appliance will protect your teeth from injury because it will keep your teeth from touching so they will not harm or damage one another.

Fortunately, there are some things you can change in your life that can help reduce the effects of or stop the teeth-grinding habit. Some of those things are cutting back on caffeinated drinks, avoiding alcohol, trying relaxation techniques, and avoiding clenching your jaw.

Please feel free to use our tips as necessary so you can have the strong and healthy smile you deserve. To learn more about how to treat the teeth-grinding habit in San Diego, California, please feel free to call Bruce Brumm at 858-250-2933 and schedule an appointment. Our dental team is more than happy to help you!