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How is teeth grinding and sleep bruxism prevented?

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Teeth grinding can be prevented with the use of a mouth guard. The mouth guard, supplied by a dentist, can fit over the teeth to prevent teeth from grinding against each other. Stress reduction and other lifestyle modifications, including the avoidance of alcohol and caffeine, may also be helpful. Your dentist may ask you questions about your sleep habits to see if a sleep study is needed.

SOURCES: WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: Dental Health: Teeth Grinding (Bruxism). The American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Parasomnia.com.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on January 15, 2018

SOURCES: WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: Dental Health: Teeth Grinding (Bruxism). The American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Parasomnia.com.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on January 15, 2018

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