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Do You Grind Your Teeth?
5 Ways to Relax This Labor Day Weekend
Relax is a word being chased from our vocabulary by the busy, chaotic, ever-changing world around us. We are in such a rush to get through life that we often stress ourselves out when we fall behind the crowd. Unfortunately, the rush of the hustle and bustle can have extremely negative effects on your mouth.
It is common for adults and children to be diagnosed with teeth grinding and clenching. With the stress of a crazy busy life, your body could be holding tension in the neck and jaw, taking the stress out on your teeth. Bruxism, as teeth grinding is officially called, is the clenching of your jaw during sleep, stress, and/or exercise. It can cause jaw problems, ground down or even broken teeth, and sleepless nights.
To help combat this oral health disaster, here are 5 ways to help reduce your stress and your pain.
- Go for an early morning walk – Exercise and nature do wonders for relieving stress. Be aware, however, that during intense exercise, especially sports and weight lifting, you could be clenching. You can protect your teeth from damage by wearing an athletic mouth guard. Hildebrand Dental offers an Under Armor athletic guard that can help. Dr. Matt even uses one when he works out!
- Get a hobby – Get crafty and find a hobby you enjoy to help your mind think about something else besides work and your to do list.
- Practice meditation – Centering your body with stretches and breathing techniques help melt away the stress.
- Start a stress journal – Document your triggers, what your reaction is and the outcome. You may find you stress out unnecessarily.
- Rediscover your sense of humor – Read a funny book, watch a TV sitcom or tell jokes with your family. A sense of humor will get you a long way when you are stressed out!
There are many ways to help reduce your stress, the trick is fitting it into your schedule. If you have been suffering from jaw pain, call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Matt or Dr. Robin. They will examine your mouth and jaw and work with you to determine what treatment may be best for you. Our doctors are well trained and experienced in bruxism and can create a custom night guard to help protect and cushion your teeth, relieving unnecessary jaw pain.
Make stress relief a priority, and get back to enjoying life and having a good night sleep without giving your jaw a workout!
More Info: http://hildebranddental.com/night-guards-2/