Simple Ways to Ease Bruxism
- September 10, 2014
Often the cause of TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) is connected with grinding your teeth throughout the day or more often, while you sleep. We call this habit bruxism, and there are some ways to lessen or end the bruxism causing your TMJ pain. Waking up with headaches or jaw pain can be eliminated with some preventive steps like the ones listed below.
1) Cut out late-night caffeine
Often late caffeine causes tension in your body, which may lead to bruxism. Cut out the late night energy boosts to protect your teeth and jaw.
2) Relaxation Techniques
To ease tension in your body, you could also try some relaxation techniques before going to bed. Deep breathing and meditation will lower the risk of bruxism.
3) Warm Compresses
Another way to ease the tension in your jaw is with warm compresses along your jawbone. The warmth will relax your muscles, allowing you a more comfortable rest.
4) Bite Splint
In a situation where nothing else is working to end the bruxism, it could be time to consider something like a bite splint or oral appliance to prevent damage to your teeth.
When you are suffering from TMD, a few quick tricks at home can help you ease the pain and tension associated with bruxism. Contact us today to set up an appointment where you can learn more about the causes of bruxism and how to overcome your symptoms.