Q&A: Bad Habits And Bruxism

qatalkbubblesWhen you hear that there are some bad habits that contribute to bruxism, you might feel a little bit confused. After all, we have reassured you that the habit of grinding and clenching your teeth is an involuntary one that you cannot control unless you receive bruxism treatment. So, how could bad habits come into play? While the disorder itself isn’t your fault, you just might be taking part in some simple activities throughout your day that contribute to the worsening of bruxism, rather than protecting you from it. We are happy to explain and help further with a quick question-and-answer session!

Questions and Answers

Question: Isn’t bruxism treatment enough? As long as I’m using it every night, does that mean I don’t need to make any other changes?

Answer: It’s extremely beneficial but it’s not necessarily enough. If you are taking part in any habits that cause you to move your muscles and chew more than is necessary, you might be making matters worse.

Question: I’ve heard that extra chewing throughout the day can end up making bruxism worse because it encourages those muscles to keep firing off. Is this accurate? What should I do?

Answer: This is true! You should only chew when you need to (which means eating meals and the occasional snack). However, you should not snack throughout the day, snack on hard foods like ice, chew gum, bite your fingernails, etc.

Question: I keep hearing that since stress often contributes to bruxism, it’s good to find ways to manage tension and stress in addition to wearing bruxism treatment. What does this mean exactly?

Answer: It means you might translate stress into clenched teeth or into grinding. As a result, participating in yoga, other forms of exercise, meditation, therapy, painting, or anything else that relaxes you can actually help keep your bruxism at bay.

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