If you think you may be suffering from TMJ and bruxism issues, the most important step for you to take is to schedule a visit to see us. We will examine your smile, determine whether it’s bruxism, TMJ disorder, or both causing your discomfort, and offer therapy for improvement. In the meantime, however, we suggest that you consider some tips to help alleviate strain, while protecting your oral structures.
Tip #1: De-Stress, De-Stress, De-Stress
Whether you are someone who suffers from anxiety and tension or an individual who enjoys a reasonably relaxed life, stress is something that can affect anyone. Particularly for individuals who tend to internalize their stress, the jaws may end up on the receiving end of tension. As a result, you may clench your teeth or grind your teeth, which results in aggravating TMJ and bruxism problems. One of the best things you can do is find ways to de-stress every day, whether you choose to listen to calming music, exercise, dance, meditate, paint – it’s up to you.
Tip #2: Stop All That Chewing
Chewing your food is essential for proper nutrition and health. However, the more you move your jaws and bite down, the worse your TMJ and bruxism issues may become. Rather than training yourself to constantly move your mouth (which is bad for bruxism) or to place additional stress on jaw joints (an issue for TMJ disorder), relax your mouth. Avoid constant snacking, snacking on hard foods, chewing on pens, chewing gum, etc.
Tip #3: Skip The Stimulants
Are you a huge fan of coffee? Do you grab an energy drink when you’re losing steam? Do yourself a favor and cut back on the stimulants – it will help your muscles relax, which will assist in protecting you from TMJ and bruxism discomfort.