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If you want to have a strong and successful smile and oral health, then it’s important to protect your teeth from the teeth-grinding habit as well as do everything you can to fix the issue. This is, of course, if you tend to grind your teeth while you sleep. To help you keep your smile in tip-top shape and avoid the effects of teeth grinding, Dr. Pete Olberding and our dental team are happy to give you some helpful tips.

Oftentimes teeth grinding results from stress. So, try to reduce your stress by attending stress counseling classes, exercising, seeing a physical therapist, or even taking relaxation medication. The less stressed you are, the better, especially because it increases your chances of quitting the habit. However, try to take the medication as the last resort. Natural remedies are always better.

Another way you can help your smile is by wearing a mouthguard. This appliance will protect your teeth from injury because it will keep your teeth from touching so they will not harm or damage one another. If you’re interested in a mouthguard, feel free to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pete Olberding at your earliest convenience.

The last tip we have for you is to make the necessary life changes. Fortunately, there are many things you can change in your life that can help you stop grinding your teeth. Those things are cutting back on caffeinated drinks, avoiding alcohol consumption, trying relaxation methods, and avoiding tooth-harming habits, like using your teeth as tools and chewing on objects, like pens, pencils, and ice.

Using our tips will help you have the best and healthiest smile possible when dealing with the teeth-grinding habit in West Des Moines, Iowa. To learn more about how to protect your smile, please don’t hesitate to call E. P. True Dental - West Des Moines, IA at your earliest convenience and schedule an appointment. Our dental team is more than happy to help you!