Stress Management Can Ease Bruxism for Some People?

Posted on 10/5/2020 by Thomas Wold, DMD
Stress Management Can Ease Bruxism for Some People?If you suffer from severe jaw clenching or teeth grinding, you likely have a disorder known as bruxism. This disorder can cause long-term damage to your teeth and cause complications with your oral parafunctional activities. One of the most common reasons this happens is due to excessive stress. Managing your stress can likely ease or eliminate your bruxism.

Why Does Stress Cause Bruxism?

When you suffer from severe stress, your body naturally feels tense. This can cause you to unknowingly clench your teeth or even grind them while you are awake. The most common symptoms associated with bruxism include facial pain, headaches, and wearing down your teeth. Reducing your stress will help to reduce the tension in your overall body, reducing or eliminating your constant jaw clenching or teeth grinding habits.

Stress Management Techniques

There are a few stress management techniques you can use to relieve your stress and anxiety. First, it is important to try to stay positive and focused on the events in your life you can change, not the ones you cannot change. Exercising regularly and eating well-balanced meals will help give you a boost of energy and help clear your mind of any negativity.

Practicing mediation, tai-chi, or yoga are well-known relaxation techniques that can help you focus yourself off the negativity. These practices are mentally and physically stimulating, which help give you a sense of clarity. You can practice these at home or in a professional studio, depending on your personal needs and time. The more you practice, the more effective the results. Taking only a few minutes every day to practice can give you the time you need to destress and compress your issues. If you need to learn more about these stress management techniques, or want to find out more about if you struggle with bruxism, contact our staff today for assistance.
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