Dr Oz: Grinding Your Teeth
Dr. Oz made a confession on his show: he grinds his teeth while he sleeps. He explained that if you wake up with headaches, pounding in your teeth, or a painful jaw, you may be grinding your teeth as well.
Dr. Oz wanted to explain what grinding your teeth can say about your health, so he called down his Assistant of the Day, a woman named Lemore who admitted that she grinds her teeth when she’s stressed. She said her jaw will hurt and she’ll have headaches, but a lot of time thinks it’s just a cavity until she realizes she’s grinding her teeth while she sleeps.
Dr Oz: Teeth Grinding
Dr. Oz explained that most people who grind their teeth aren’t aware that they do it because they do it while they sleep. He explained that there are a few situations that can make teeth grinding worse: having an overbite, underbite, crooked teeth, or missing teeth.
He explained that over time, if you grind your teeth, you can flatten the tops of your teeth. Dr. Oz showed a picture of what teeth grinding can do to your teeth, and it wasn’t a pretty sight. He said that grinding happens over time, but sometimes the bases of your teeth will crack and you’ll have significant teeth destruction.
Dr Oz: How To Keep From Grinding Your Teeth
Dr. Oz further explained that to prevent further damage to your teeth from grinding, there’s a few things you can do. He first suggested that you buy a mouth guard that fits your teeth, and then to make sure you avoid caffeine after 2 p.m. and alcohol late at night. He said that alcohol may help relax you, but it upsets your sleep cycle.
The last suggestion Dr. Oz had to prevent teeth grinding was to take a wine cork and put it between your top and bottom teeth. Dr. Oz said that people could do that while they’re driving and over time, if they do it regularly, it can help relax your jaw muscles.