Take a Bite Out of Poor Health, Address Your Bruxism Now!
Bruxism, is defined as clenching or grinding your teeth, often while asleep – very damaging to oral health! It is not necessarily a by-product of stress or anxiety; more often it is due to an abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth. Often people are unaware of their actions because it happens during sleep – all they see are the symptoms….a sore jaw, a constant headache.
If this sounds familiar, check for jaw tenderness and teeth movement. Ask a loved one to observe you sleeping. See your dentist, he can fit you for a mouth guard to wear while sleeping. Meanwhile follow this simple outline to address the situation:
Cut off the coffee and tea early in the day, and watch consumption of other things with caffeine – like chocolate and cola.
- A drink before bed does not induce sleep! It actually stimulates teeth grinding.
- Spit out that gum! Nothing, no pencils, pipes, nothing, gets chewed on – except food.
- Be aware of your actions. If you are clenching your teeth while deep in thought, or grinding your teeth during the day – relax your jaw. You can even place your tongue between your teeth to act as a buffer.
- Relax your jaw muscles before you go to sleep. Here’s how:
Before you go to sleep use Cool Jaw® Soft Stretch Wrap with Hot/Cold Gel Packs to apply heat.
Place Cool Jaw Blue Hot/Cold Gel Packs in a microwaveable safe container and heat for 15 seconds. (Time based on a 800 watt microwave.)
Remove and check for desired temperature, if necessary reheat at 5 second intervals.
Place inside the Cool Jaw Wrap and treat area for up to 20 minutes.