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Can relaxation techniques help treat bruxism?

Relaxation techniques such as meditation, counseling or exercise, can all help with bruxism or teeth grinding. That's because bruxism can be caused by stress or anxiety, which benefits from relaxation. However, there are several other causes such as sleep disorders, an abnormal bite or teeth that are missing or crooked. If stress is the cause, relaxation techniques may help treat your teeth grinding. If you’re concerned about teeth grinding, ask your dentist about the potential causes and, if necessary, the possible solutions.

If stress is a contributing factor then relaxation techniques may help prevent or treat bruxism. Relaxation techniques decrease your overall stress, an important risk factor for developing bruxism. Exercising, yoga, meditation, taking a warm bath, or listening to music are all relaxation techniques that can reduce stress and help treat bruxism.

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