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Managing stress and anxiety
During the coronavirus pandemic, you might be feeling more anxious or stressed than usual. Stress can have a negative impact on your mental and physical health, but stress can also harm your oral health.
Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is often linked to stress, but lots of people aren’t aware they have the condition because it happens in their sleep.
If you’re experiencing bruxism, you might have symptoms including:
- Stiffness and pain in the jaw or mouth
- Teeth which are breaking or look worn down
- Facial swelling
If you’re experiencing these symptoms and you think they might be related to teeth grinding, get in touch with your local Bupa Dental Care dentist, who can provide you with further advice. Whether you’re an existing patient or not, we will take your call and try our best to help.
One of the key strategies to tackle teeth grinding is to de-stress before you sleep. You could try:
- Reading before bed to relax. Avoid looking at the news or scrolling on social media before you sleep
- Practicing deep breathing exercises and listening to relaxing music to get you in a calm mindset before you go to bed
- Doing yoga or practising meditation in the evening to help relax you
- Using a mouthguard at night if the tips above don’t work. You can order a boil in the bag mouthguard online in the interim until you can see your dentist
If you grind your teeth in the day, keep a diary about when you grind your teeth and what you were thinking about before you started, or if you were particularly anxious. This can help you to eliminate triggers that could be causing teeth grinding.
Even if you can manage your teeth grinding at home, you should still book an appointment with your local practice when they re-open for routine care, so they can suggest a more permanent solution and check your mouth for potential damage.