Bruxism, better known as teeth grinding is a very common\u00a0occurrence\u00a0among adults while sleeping. According to WebMD, more than 85% of adults grind their teeth at night while asleep. Of course the level of severity varies on a case by case basis. Let's find out how you can tell if you're grinding your teeth while sleeping, what's the risk \u00a0of grinding and what you can do about it for nights to come.\n\n\u00a0Why Grind?\n\nThe most obvious question to ask first is: Why do people grind their teeth to begin with?\n\nAlthough teeth grinding can be caused by stress and\u00a0anxiety, it often occurs during\u00a0sleep\u00a0and is more likely caused by an abnormal bite or missing or\u00a0crooked teeth.\n\n\nHow Do I Find Out if I Grind My Teeth? Because grinding often occurs during sleep, most people are unaware that they grind their teeth. However, a dull, constant\u00a0headache\u00a0or sore jaw is a telltale symptom of bruxism. Many times people learn that they grind their teeth by their loved one who hears the grinding at night.If you suspect you may be grinding your teeth, talk to your dentist. He or she can examine your mouth and jaw for signs of bruxism, such as jaw tenderness and abnormalities in your teeth. Why Is Teeth Grinding Harmful?In some cases, chronic teeth grinding can result in a fracturing, loosening, or loss of teeth. The chronic grinding may wear their teeth down to stumps. When these events happen,\u00a0bridges,\u00a0crowns,\u00a0root canals,\u00a0implants, partial dentures, and even complete\u00a0dentures\u00a0may be needed.\n\nNot only can severe grinding damage teeth and result in tooth loss, it can also affect your jaws, result in\u00a0hearing loss, cause or worsen\u00a0TMD\/TMJ, and even change the appearance of your face.\n\nWhat Can I Do to Stop Grinding My Teeth?\n\nYour dentist can fit you with a\u00a0mouth guard\u00a0to protect your teeth from grinding during sleep.\n\nIf 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.\n\nOther tips to help you stop teeth grinding include:\n\n \tTry to avoid or cut back on foods and drinks that contain\u00a0caffeine, such as colas, chocolate, and coffee.\n \tAvoid alcohol. Grinding tends to intensify after alcohol consumption.\n \tDo 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.\n \tTrain yourself not to clench or grind your teeth. If you notice that you clench or grind during the day, position the tip of your\u00a0tongue\u00a0between your teeth. This practice trains your jaw muscles to relax.\n \tRelax your jaw muscles at night by holding a warm washcloth against your cheek in front of your earlobe.\n\nHopefully, these tips and information will help stop the grind for you and your loved ones. Remember to always rely on a talalay latex mattress to give your body the support it needs for a good night sleep. Between the mattress and your new found knowledge on how to stop grinding your teeth, you should be sleeping like a dream in no time!\n\n\nLink to Us!\nIf you found this article useful and shareable, please copy and paste the following into the html code of your website or blog:\n\nLearn More about Getting a Better Night's Sleep and Good Sleep Hygiene at <a href"https:\/\/www.plushbeds.com\/blog\/sleep-science\/bump-the-grind-how-to-stop-grinding-your-teeth-while-asleep\/">Plushbeds Green Sleep Blog<\/a>.