teeth grinding habit

Need to Know: Reducing Your Teeth-grinding Habit

Bruxism, or teeth-grinding, may occur at night. This habit can damage teeth and cause many dental issues. Stress is often a major factor and reason why people grind their teeth.

Key takeaways:

– Identify stress triggers and try to reduce stress levels.

– Gently stretch your jaw during the day to reduce tension.

– Massage around the jaw can help release tension.

See your dentist for more help with teeth-grinding.

“Follow up with your dentist about your teeth grinding habit to see if you could benefit from a custom mouthguard or other therapy to help protect your smile!”


Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.