How to stop clenching my teeth?
I clench my teeth, not at night, but during the day. I chew gum in order to have something to chew because clenching my teeth gives me headaches and jaw aches. The dentist said that I had to stop chewing gum because the muscles around my jaw are too strong and that my jaw will lock up when I’m older. Anyway, I’ve tried so many times to stop clenching my teeth, but when I stop I start up again a few seconds later and don’t even realize I’m doing it until I feel the pain. I do this all the time, not just when I’m feeling a certain emotion. How can I solve this problem?
Bruxism Treatment Guy answers:
I have a problem similar to your own although it’s not as severe. What I normally do is focus on something else that will keep my teeth from clenching. This might sound odd but I’ll normally flick my tongue across my top and bottom teeth (particularly when the urge to clench them is strong). Or I’ll lightly “bite” down on my tongue . . . Sometimes I’ll chew gum. I’ll just occupy myself with something calming that won’t stir up my emotions: i.e.: reading a book, listening to calming music, talking with family members.
In any case, keeping yourself active–doing something productive, is one of those methods that seems to work when it comes to breaking habits.
If none of these suggestions help then you may need to consult your dentist. Your dentist may put in a mouthguard or they may inject your masseter muscle (muscle that moves your jaw) with Botulinum toxin also known as Botox. By injecting your muscle on each side for a few times, (depends on how severe your case of Bruxism (teeth-grinding) is) they’ll ease the muscle so you’ll gradually stop clenching your teeth.
The procedure’s relatively painless so if you feel up to it then ask your dentist if they can have this done for you.
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