There are some other ways to train
yourself in preventing clenching and
grinding habits. One way is to deprogram
your muscles by placing the tongue between
your teeth during swallowing. This will
prevent activating the jaw muscles to
clench. Long Beach dentist Jeff
Velasquez offers Occlusal Guard or Splint
deprogramming device for night time use to
prevent grinding. It is during sleep where
most of the damage occurs.
When you think you're grinding your teeth
always remember: Lips Sealed,Teeth Apart.
Your teeth should be touching only when your
chewing. Lips close, slightly drop jaw, and
maintain that feeling.
The signs and symptoms of someone who
is grinding and clenching are morning
headaches, jaw muscle pain, worn down
teeth, gum recession and abrasions on the
neck of the teeth, so if you think you exhibit
this signs consult your dentist.
Jeff Velasquez, DDS
(are you grinding & clenching?)