Can anger management help prevent bruxism?

Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can be difficult to cure. The first thing you need to do is pinpoint the cause of the teeth grinding, for instance, is it caused by stress or anxiety or is there an underlying dental or medical condition.

Your dentist can fit you with a mouth guard to protect your teeth during sleep. In some cases, your dentist or physician may recommend taking a muscle relaxant before bedtime. If stress is the cause you need to find a way to relax. Meditation, counseling and exercise can all help reduce stress and anxiety.
Anger management is a process for learning how to manage anger in a constructive manner. While anger is a normal, healthy emotion, ineffective management of anger leads to stress and destructive behavior. In addition to damaging professional and personal relationships, this can also lead to physical problems, such as bruxism. For some people, anger management is a useful therapy for preventing bruxism. However, since bruxism can be triggered by many factors, anger management can help prevent some, but not all, cases of bruxism.

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