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Unfortunately, the teeth-grinding habit plagues many smiles. If yours is one of these smiles, Dr. Scott Healey and our dental team is here to help you. Luckily, there are many things you can do to rid or eliminate the effects of the teeth-grinding habit. So, to help you protect your smile, we are happy to share some tips and information with you.

Oftentimes teeth grinding results from stress. So, try to reduce your stress by attending stress counseling classes, exercising, seeing a physical therapist, or even taking relaxation medication. The less stressed you are, the better, especially because it increases your chances of quitting the habit. However, try to take the medication as the last resort. Natural remedies are always better.

One way to reduce the effects of teeth grinding is to wear a mouthguard while you sleep. Dr. Scott Healey can make a mouthguard that will fit perfectly in your smile so you can protect your teeth. If you wear the appliance, your chompers won’t touch, which means there is a small chance they will damage each other.

Fortunately, there are some lifestyle changes you can make that can help you rid the habit and reduce the effects. Some of those changes are cutting back on caffeinated drinks, avoiding alcohol consumption, avoiding chewing on pens and pencils, and trying techniques that help you relax.

If you use our tips and do all you can to protect your teeth, you’ll be on your way toward a strong, healthy, and unaffected smile. For more information and details about how to deal with teeth grinding in Lindon, Utah, call 801.653.0099 today. Our Scott M. Healey Dentistry dental team is happy to help you in any way we can, even if it’s just by answering your questions. We look forward to talking with you!