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There are a number of steps you can take to prevent grinding your teeth. If stress is causing you to grind your teeth, ask your doctor or dentist about options to reduce your stress. Attending stress counselling, exercising, seeing a physical therapist, or obtaining a prescription for muscle relaxants are among some of the options that may be offered.

Additionally, your dentist can fit you with a Nightguard to protect your teeth during sleep. Nightguards are coverings worn over teeth and often used to protect teeth from injury due to teeth grinding and during sports.

Behavioural Modifications for Teeth Grinding

Tips to help prevent teeth grinding include:

  • Avoid or cut back on foods and drinks that contain caffeine, such as colas, chocolate, and coffee.
  • Avoid alcohol. Grinding tends to intensify after alcohol consumption.
  • Do 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.
  • Train yourself not to clench or grind your teeth. If you notice that you clench or grind during the day, position the tip of your tongue between your teeth. This practice trains your jaw muscles to relax.
  • Relax your jaw muscles at night by holding a warm washcloth against your cheek in front of your earlobe.
Medical Reference Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 28, 2018


Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: Dental Health: Teeth Grinding (Bruxism).