When it comes to teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, it is important to understand how to manage your condition. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the added stress of everything going on around us has led to an increase in teeth grinding cases. While this is expected, it is important to seek professional treatment from your dentist as soon as possible. In the meantime, though, here are some ways you can manage your teeth grinding at home.
Use a hot compress
For teeth grinding, try to use a hot compress twice a day. Making this a daily habit can help significantly with the pain caused by teeth grinding. But if your pain is really bad, then try hot compresses twice an hour.
Tongue to the roof of mouth move
While it is not technically an exercise, it can help. Push your tongue up on the roof of your mouth at any time during the day. You can try this when working, walking, lying down, watching TV, making dinner or really at any time of the day. The act of pushing your tongue up on the roof of your mouth can help you unclench your jaw.
Practice different exercises
You can also try self-massage. This helps to release the muscles in the mouth and jaw. By massaging your jaw muscles, you can provide yourself with some relief from discomfort or pain. The good thing is that these can be performed at any time of the day whether you’re at work or at home. Add a warm compress for further comfort.
If you are suffering from jaw pain or teeth grinding, contact Dr. Mayoor Patel at Craniofacial Pain & Dental Sleep Center of Georgia to learn more about how you can find relief from your condition.