Stress can manifest in many ways; a common way stress affects oral health is when a patient habitually clenches their jaw or grinds their teeth. Many patients clench or grind their teeth due to high levels of daily stress. Teeth grinding is a potentially dangerous habit that can have negative impacts on your oral health. Putting a stop to teeth grinding can reduce damage caused to your teeth and gums, and prevent damage to your jaw muscle and joint.
Dr. John Cranham of Chesapeake, VA provides comprehensive oral health exams and jaw analysis to pinpoint the cause of chronic jaw pain. Our dentist office offers non-surgical treatment options for helping patients realign their bite and prevent bruxism and TMJ. We offer some tips and tricks on how to holistically lower stress levels to prevent teeth grinding.
Reducing Stress for Jaw Health
Exercise- It is amazing what exercising can do to improve almost all aspects of your life. If you experience high levels of stress, running, yoga or any form of physical activity can help increase endorphins and reduce mental and physical tension.
Adjust Your Posture- While many patients do not think about their posture being related to their jaw, it is. The jaw muscles and back muscles are all connected and can affect each other. If you sit at a desk on a daily basis be sure to sit with your feet flat on the floor and with your back straight, slouching can cause added stress to the jaw muscle.
Be More Aware- Being aware of your teeth grinding or clenching habit is half the battle of stopping it. Many patients find that they clench or grind their teeth while sleeping, or subconsciously while working. Understanding that this habit could cause your chronic pain can help you take steps to reduce your stress levels to prevent further damage to your jaw joint. Instead of grinding or clenching try using a stress ball, taking deep breaths, and relaxing your jaw and face.
Schedule an Appointment to Stop Teeth Grinding
If you or someone you love is suffering from teeth grinding, schedule a consultation with Chesapeake dentist Dr. John Cranham. A simple bite analysis and consultation can reveal whether or not your teeth grinding is caused by TMJ dysfunction and you can be well on your way to much needed relief.
Call our Chesapeake Dentist Office at 757-656-4109 or schedule your next appointment online.
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