Posted on 8/23/2018 by Downtown Dental Care Office
Stress is an unavoidable part of life. Unfortunately, stress may lead some people to grind their teeth, a condition known as bruxism. If you suffer from nighttime grinding or clenching, it is important to reduce your stress level to protect your teeth.
Yoga is a great way to facilitate relaxation. Not only is does it promote body conditioning, but the practice also focuses on controlled breathing and mindfulness. You can get in shape while you reduce your stress.
Get More Sleep
Yes, it may seem counterproductive to sleep more if your grinding troubles occur while you are asleep. However, when it comes to stress-relief, getting enough sleep is one of the best remedies. Since most people grind during REM periods, which are relatively short, increasing the number of hours of sleep each night shouldn't increase grinding. Start going to bed an hour or two earlier each night.
Book a Massage
A massage can be an incredibly relaxing experience, improving both your mental state and your nervous system. Book a massage with a licensed massage therapist, and make sure she knows about your goals for stress relief. She might be able to concentrate on the areas in your neck, shoulders, and jaw to make the muscles responsible for bruxism relax.
Many people use "crutches" to get them through stressful situations. These may be smoking, alcohol, or caffeine. If you turn to one of these substances when you are feeling especially stressed out, you're actually just avoiding the problem. While you might receive short-term relief, your problems won't go away, and you'll likely find yourself grinding away at night.
If you find yourself clenching and grinding your teeth, make us your first call. We can suggest stress relief techniques, but we'll also work to protect your teeth from long-term damage.