These self-care steps may prevent or help treat bruxism:
• Limit alcohol, tobacco and caffeine – Cutting down on daily intake of alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine, or giving up these substances entirely may help.
• Reduce stress – Keeping life stresses to a minimum may reduce the risk of developing bruxism or limit the damaging effects of bruxism.
• Consult the sleep partner – Consult the bed partner to be aware of any grinding or clicking sounds while sleeping. The sleep partner can then provide continuous feedback on any teeth grinding sounds in the night.
• Have regular dental exams – Dental exams, preferably with the BiteStrip prescribed by a dentist, are the best way to screen for bruxism.