In the last week, my teeth have been hurting me. My teeth have been achy, and whenever I drink cold or I eat sweets, my teeth have been sore.
Now, I thought that through this entire Coronavirus Lockdown, I’ve felt pretty calm and have been getting some great sleep.
But my teeth are telling me another story.
If I were to guess, I’m pretty sure I’m clenching my teeth.
For some people, muscle strain in the face and the head, may be a symptom of grinding or clenching their teeth. For me, I did not experience this side effect.
Here are 6 things you could do to help with your teeth grinding or clenching.
1. Exercise: Exercise is a great stress reliever. Taking a simple walk for a half hour would do wonders, to help regulate your anxiety. Try to get out and do some type of exercise at least a few times per week.
2. Avoid caffeine and sugar: Sugar and caffeine can aggravate teeth grinding and increase the frequency. This, in turn, will increase the TMJ symptoms.
It’s also believed that sugar and caffeine increase muscle strain. So avoid the Starbucks.
3. Avoid Hard and Crunchy foods: When someone is experiencing TMJ issues, eating hard and chewy foods will place additional strain to the muscles and cause the TMJ issues to get worse.
4. Avoid Stressful Activities: Now this one will be tough, with current events. Maybe if you detach yourself from the planet earth and move to another planet, your stress will float away. LOL.
I found that avoiding the news sometimes, has helped to minimize the anxiety level. But it’s uncertain times and people get anxious with uncertainty.
5. Medications: I will usually have a patient take Ibuprofen. It’s a great anti-inflammatory. But it has been said, that COVID-19 may have an adverse reaction to Ibuprofen, so don’t take that now.
Tylenol would be just fine to help with the muscle pain.
6. Get a fitted night appliance: An appliance that fits over your teeth and that is worn while your sleeping, does a great job with the clenching or grinding at night.
I have yet to find an over the counter appliance that fits very well and balances the bite evenly.
One that is professionally made to fit your teeth specifically is the way to go.
If you are experiencing teeth sensitivity or muscle pain on your face or head you may be grinding your teeth. Please call 773-292-1911 to get your TMJ evaluated.
Floss like a madman! Emilio “Teeth Falling Out of My Head” Couret