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How Managing Stress Keeps Your Jaw from Clenching
Posted on 1/15/2020 by Sean Saghatchi
Clenching and grinding our teeth is something that happens to everyone from time to time. When we are stressed, most people will tend to grind their teeth or clench their jaws a whole lot.
For some people, it's something they do actively, but for others, it is a passive thing that they can also do in their sleep without any knowledge that they are doing so. Although a couple of times cannot bring issues onto the teeth, regular clenching and grinding bring about a condition called bruxism, which can do a lot of damage if left unchecked.
Symptoms of Bruxism
Bruxism is a disorder that affects a lot of people in the United States. When you have this disorder, some of the most common symptoms include headaches when you wake up, facial pain, earaches, stiffness and pain in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), worn down teeth, and broken fillings or teeth. Since the most significant cause of bruxism is stress, it then figures that managing your levels of stress can significantly help with treating this disorder. This means that you have to sit down and analyze your life. Identify the cause of the stress and devise a solution to make things alright.
If you have been stressed for a while, consider some of the tactics developed to deal with stress so that you can not only have a great night's rest but also make sure that your jaw stays as healthy as possible. This means stress management strategies must be employed. As such, you should ensure that you have a positive attitude, you accept the truth about circumstances you cannot control, meditate quite frequently, eating a balanced diet and also knowing when to let go of issues.
When you do this, you are effectively managing your stress. In case you wake up and feel the symptoms of bruxism, make sure that you make an appointment with us as soon as possible. Our dentists will look at your teeth and perform some tests to determine the root cause of the issues. From there, we can effectively work on eliminating the symptoms without any problems to follow.
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