How to Stop Jaw
Jaw clenching may be an
indication of stress or anger but it can also damage your health.
It can help to incite TMJ, which is a very undesirable dental
By itself jaw clenching can be very painful, though. Before we
go into the specifics on how to stop jaw clenching, let's very
briefly outline some of its basics you need to know.
If an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, here are a
few "ounces." To avoid jaw clenching, you should know that it is
usually a result of some kind of stress.
You probably know that but it's also a problem perhaps due to
bad posture or even sleeping on your jaw. (This is uncommon,
Most notably, however, issues with the temporomandibular
joint, which is commonly referred to as TMJ for short, can be a
primary reason for jaw clenching, jaw popping, clicking jaw as well
as edema or swelling and muscle soreness in that region.
If you are experiencing any of these, you may have a TMJ
problem. You should consult with your dentist ASAP and/or a
What You Can Do To Control Jaw
The first step is to be very consciously aware of your jaw
muscles. Be mindful of it. It's mostly an involuntary response due
to stress or anger so that is a step in the right direction as
simple as that sounds.
Here's a surprisingly effective tip that may help you: put a
pencil in your mouth. Yes, I'm being seriously place the pencil so
it's horizontal in
your mouth (see the graphic here for reference).
This relaxes the jaw muscles quite nicely so don't underestimate
the value of it. Simple but effective.
The next tip is to practice deep breathing. This naturally will
cause you to relax better. Avoiding stress is almost impossible,
but it can be mitigated nicely with relaxation exercises.
If you are so inclined, check into Tai Chi exercises. If you
just prefer straight relaxation exercises while programming your
mind, autogenics as outlined in the fascinating book Superlearning, which you may find
When sleeping, such jaw clenching is beyond conscious control,
however. Teeth grinding, or bruxism as it's officially called, is a
common problem and cause many dental issues. Relaxation therapy can
help here too.
Exercises for TMJ itself can help you reduce tension and stress
in the jaw area as well. Some dentists assert that such exercises,
if followed religiously, can significantly reduce or even eliminate
such TMJ-like symptoms.
Is There a Remedy for Jaw
There is or can be a simple remedy for jaw clenching. The usage
of a mouth guard professionally designed. I'm not talking about a
sports mouth guard the kind athletes like football, rugby or
basketball players use. I'm talking about a mouthguard designed by
a dentist, or dental professional, to stop TMJ symptoms in their
Or, to stop bruxism or teeth grinding as well.
A good mouth guard can go a long way in resolving jaw clenching
problems along with the problems they cause. Plus, such a mouth
guard, whether a TMJ mouth guard or a mouth guard for grinding
teeth, are inexpensive.
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I hope this jaw
clenching webpage has been helpful for you.
Yours in health,
David Spainhower, D.D.S.