(Closed) Jaw Clenching

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

I am so sorry that all of the stress has been getting to you lately. I had a similar problem last year, just before I graduated from college. I went to the store and bought a mouth guard that you mold yourself after warming it up in boiling water. It definitely doesn’t have the same fit that one from a dentist would but it was enough to make my jaw pain and headaches go away. I’m not sure if you enjoy working out but that has really helped me to get some stress out too. I hope that you find something that will work for you.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I had this issue years ago and the store bought mouth guard did not work for me. It actually made it worse because it gave me something to bite down on. I addressed the stress itself instead through relaxation techniques, accupuncture and calming supplements. One thing that really helps me with anxiety/stress is L-Theanine. It’s an amino acid that has a calming but not sleep-inducing effect. I also have meditation cds from Brainsync that are amazing!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

I had a dentist appointment on Friday and she told me she could tell I was doing this.  It’s actually hurting my gums and teeth (happens if you do it over a long period of time) so they fitted me for a night guard.  She also said that it looks like I’ve been grinding my teeth.  yikes!  I had my very first migrain the other day and the doc said could very well be related.  Mouth guard will be done in a week, so I’m hoping it helps.  Hang in there!

PS – My doc also said that aside from protecting my mouth, I needed to de-stress.  She suggested that I practice calming techniques and do things that relax me before bed and on a more regular basis.

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I have that. It’s called TMJ–temporal mandibal jaw. It’s essentially arthritis/bone/joint inflammation of your jaw bones!

It hurts soooo bad, and I’d get these awful migraines and headaches, too! I get it when I’m INCREDIBLY stressed. It started in college and I literally had to switch to liquid foods for a week. I wear a quishy mouthguard to bed when it acts up (it’s very very thin, unlike the store bought kinds…you really need the kind for TMJ). I had to special order the kit, mix two gooey balls of stuff together, make a mold impression of my mouth (i chose bottom teeth) and then send it in. It was like $200 but it works. I do tend to spit it out though. I started drinking wine before bed, which always helps me destress =].

Also, ibuprofen is your new best friend. My doc had me take 3 little tablets every 4-6 hours. I know it sounds like a lot, but take it with food to avoid stomach issues. About 3 days later I just feel sooooo much better, then i drop down to 2 pills as needed.

I saw a doctor, not a dentist…i didn’t have dental insurance at the time, but hey, a joint is a joint!

Try taking ibuprofen for a week and see if that helps. My doctor said it really takes about a week! Crazy, huh? i hate taking that much ibuprofen but my obgyn also put me on it for endo so it works double duty. EAT with it.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Sorry no advice but  I know exaclty where your coming from.I find myself clenching my teeth all the time also. It also leaves me with very bad headaches.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I have TMJ too.  My dentist gave me a lower jaw bite guard and it didn’t work too well.  Then he gave me a small bite guard called an NTI and that didn’t work either.  Then he referred me to a jaw specialist/orthodontist.  The fitted me with a splint that goes on the top of my teeth.  I wore that non-stop for 8 months and it worked pretty well.  Now I only have to wear it at night.  It helps quite a bit, but you also have to learn not to grind during the day.  Try to break that habit!  The splint helped me break that habit, but I still grind and clench sometimes.  Ibuprofen helps too, as well as putting hot washclothes on your cheeks/jaw.

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

lol i drink a lot of tea at work to keep my mouth “busy” otherwise i catch myself clenching.

And no more gum chewing. I bought Peppymint from Aveda to freshen my breath. I miss gum chewing but it triggers it SOOOOO bad.

Post # 10
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601 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Heinz Chapel Ceremony, Museum Reception

Oh, I have a horrible time with this when I get really really stressed. I had an amazing chiropractor who told me that the muscles in your jaw are really strong, and when you clench, you give yourself bad muscle knots. She told me to stick my index finger in my mouth, back behind your molars, and try to massage your jaw muscles internally. Apparently, it gives you better access than just rubbing your jaw on the outside. Just make sure you wash your hands first, and maybe be alone in the room, cause you look like a crazy person doing it! It really does relieve some of the tension in your jaw, though.

Post # 11
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1044 posts
Bumble bee

I’m terrible when it comes to grinding my teeth.  I’ve been doing it for years and it used to wake my grandma up when I did it in my younger years.  My dentist recommended that I get a mouthguard so that it could prevent me from grinding my teeth and ruining the enamel on my teeth.  I think you can probably find them at any local drug store, Target, or Walmart.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I hear you! I have TMJ and grind my teeth. One of my 9 month old puppies decided to eat my mouth guard from the dentist. Yea that’s right my over $250 piece of relief gone! I had to get an OTC one and am hoping it will help till I can afford to get a real one re-made.

To make matters worse I also chew my cheeks/lips all the time and when I’m nervous or stressed it get’s even worse. I don’t even notice I’m doing it and my FH will stare and then say “why are you doing that”. I actually heard that chewing your mouth is a form of OCD. Who would have thought?!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Uhoh – I”m a grinder too and wear a mouth guard at night – I chew gum ALL THE TIME. I didn’t realize this could exacerbate it!! Yikes!! 

Post # 15
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900 posts
Busy bee

I have a mouthguard made my my dentist that is paper thin.  I like it.  Since it is so subtle, I wear it when I work sometimes too, to keep me from grinding or chewing on pens.  I still grind a little at night with it (as evidenced by the fact that I am on my third guard) but the impact on my teeth is less.  The dentist actually told me I am on track for grinding my teeth away and I have already wreaked havoc on my enamel and am more prone to cavities.  The guard also eases the stress on my jaw.  When I wear it I get less jaw pain and misalignment.

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