Teeth grinding is a very common condition which affects many Australians. Because people often grind their teeth at night when they are asleep, it can be difficult to control as you cannot consciously stop yourself doing it. This is why it can be such a difficult condition to treat. However, if you do not take steps to prevent tooth grinding, it could have a negative impact on your dental health, leading to weakening and cracking of the teeth. Below are some ways you can control your tooth grinding.

Ditch the Gum

You should take your time to consider what you put into your mouth during the day. For example, while sugar-free chewing gum can help to fight tooth decay, it can also train your jaw and your brain to make a chew and grinding motion. You can become so used to the sensation and motion of clenching your jaw, that this could continue while you are asleep. Try ditching the gum for a while and see if this helps to reduce how often you grind your teeth.


Grinding your teeth can be a sign of tension or stress. You should take some time to de-stress yourself at the end of the day, as this can help to reduce nocturnal grinding. Find somewhere quiet and comfortable to sit and close your eyes. Take a deep breath in through your nose and hold while you count to 5. Then slowly exhale through your mouth. Focus on your breathing and try not to let your mind wander. Clench the muscles in your feet for 10 seconds and then release. As you release your muscles, imagine all of your stress leaving your body. You should work your way up your body, tensing your lower leg muscles, your thighs and your stomach in turn before releasing them. By the time you reach your neck muscles, you should be completely relaxed.

Wear a Mouth Guard

You dentist will also be able to fit you with a soft plastic mouth guard. The mouth guard sits over the top of your teeth and as well as helping to reduce the frequency of grinding, it will also help to protect your teeth from being damaged if you grind your jaw.

If you are experiencing problems with teeth grinding, you should contact a dental clinic today. YOur dentist will be able to inspect your teeth for signs of damage and help you to combat the problem.