There is a common issue that many patients are suffering from without really knowing what they are doing. This issue is called bruxism. Bruxism is another word for grinding your teeth, and it can happen throughout the day or while you are sleeping at night. Bruxism is often a result of stress and anxiety throughout the day, causing your muscles to tense. The result is quite a bit of pain in your jaw and around your ears. You might also notice damage to your teeth. Below are some methods you can try to ease the anxiety and stress from your muscles.
Practice Relaxing Your Face
Some people just hold tension in their jaw. They do it without realizing what is happening. If this is you, practice holding your tongue between your front teeth. This will force your jaw to relax. With practice, your jaw will learn to stay relaxed throughout the day.
Drink Less Caffeine
A bad caffeine habit will accelerate your tension. Cut back, especially late in the day to relive some of the tension from your muscles. This will allow you to rest easier and get more sleep.
Use Relaxation Practices
Common relaxation practices can be great for patients struggling with bruxism. Warm compresses along the jawline before bed, and deep breathing will relax tense muscles, giving your jaw a chance to relax.
Stress and anxiety are not the only causes of bruxism, but they certainly are a major factor in most cases. Contact us if you suspect that you might have a problem with bruxism. A quick look at your jaw and teeth should give us the answers we need! Let’s get started today!