Many people aren't aware that they have bruxism until it's too late. Bruxism is the unconscious grinding and clenching of your teeth while you are asleep. Because you are asleep, you are unaware that you are grinding or clenching your teeth, until you wake up in the morning with a headache or sore jaws.
There are plenty of other symptoms that are caused by bruxism and every one of them is painful and unwanted by most people. However, there are a few things you can try that just might alleviate all that unwanted pain.
The first thing you should try to relieve yourself of bruxism is meditation. There are plenty of scientific papers and research that shows you can relieve stress by simply meditating 30 minutes to an hour before going to sleep. These same reports suggest that relieving stress will help ease the need to grind your teeth while you are asleep. It may take you a few days, or even weeks, before you begin to notice the full effects of meditation but that shouldn't stop you from pushing on with it. Give it the time that is required for it to work the right way and you will soon know all of its benefits.
A lot of people with bruxism choose to wear mouth guards when they go to sleep at night. These mouth guards will put a cushion between your teeth so that they are not harmed when you start to grind or clench them at night. They can be great at relieving the pain and soreness that is associated with bruxism, but they can be uncomfortable to wear for some people. For the best possible fit, you should talk to your dentist so that he can make a pair of mouth guards specifically for your teeth.
You can also purchase mouth guard kits that you form at home with the help of hot water. These are much cheaper than the dentist's version, but you might have to purchase them more times throughout the year. Either way, if you are looking to save money and get the best possible solution to your bruxism issues, then you should think about doing both the meditation and the mouth guard aspect at the same time.