How to Help With Teeth Grinding
Even the smallest of stresses can cause us to experience tension. For Some of us, that tension settles all around the jaw and neck and can spread into the shoulders. For one personally, I grind through mouth guards and wake myself up, grinding my teeth.
Grinding our teeth is a trigger result of stress, but the side effects are not too good and can wear your teeth down over time, leaving them worn down and sensitive. On top of causing jaw pain, the tension can spread, causing to experience headaches and migraines.
Having to massage your jaw all the time when you have had a rough night of grinding isn’t fun and can be so painful. Let alone having teeth what are now sensitive to foods but below are some tips on trying to manage it all a little better.
Another way to manage your jaw when it feels tight and you find yourself clenching is to keep your tongue at the roof of your mouth, this works for me so give it ago you have nothing to lose. If you are grinding before bed, try deep breathing and meditation to relax all the muscles.
Caffeine can trigger stress; if you suffer from anxiety, the last thing you need is to be buzzing before bed. Stick to water at least three hours before you go to sleep. If you can feel a lot of tension building up try heat pads so that they gently warm up the muscles in the neck and shoulder.
If you see your dentist, they can measure you up for a guard it creates a barrier between your upper and lower teeth to protect your teeth from any further damage. They can also reduce the grinding noises you make in your sleep.
Treating stress and anxiety
- Heat pads
- Plenty of water
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