Dr. Oz: Grinding Teeth
Dr. Oz had a health confession for us on his show: he grinds his teeth at night. He even wears a night guard. If you awake with headaches, pounding in your teeth, or pain in your jaw, you might be grinding your teeth, too.
So what does grinding your teeth say about your health? To answer this question, Dr. Oz called down an Assistant of the Day named Lemore to help out. Lemore said she grinds her teeth when she’s stressed. Her jaw will hurt and she’ll have headaches and she’ll think it’s a cavity until it clicks and she realizes she’s grinding her teeth at night.
Dr. Oz: What Happens When You Grind Your Teeth
Most people who grind their teeth aren’t aware of it because they do it at night. There are a couple situations that make it worse, such as having overbites, underbites, crooked teeth, or missing teeth. The added stress of grinding teeth can be a problem for those people. If you grind your teeth, over time you can flatten the tops of your teeth. Dr. Oz showed a picture and believe me, this is not something you want to have happen.
Grinding happens slowly, over time. Sometimes the bases of the teeth will crack or you’ll have significant destruction in the teeth from this.
Dr. Oz: Preventing Damage To Teeth From Grinding
To prevent damaging your teeth from the grinding you’re doing at night, there’s several solutions. Dr. Oz suggested buying a mouth guard that fits your teeth to help prevent the grinding.
Also, make sure to avoid caffeine after 2 p.m. and alcohol late at night. Alcohol may help relax you, but it upsets your sleep cycle.
The last tip Dr. Oz gave was taking a wine cork and putting it between your bottom and top teeth. Dr. Oz said people should do this while they’re driving. Over time, doing this regularly can help relax your jaw muscles.