The last thing you want to deal with during a busy workday, a vacation, or really any activity is pain radiating from your jaw. But for all too many adults, TMJ pain is a relatively common occurrence. Jaw dysfunction and discomfort can strike when you least expect it. The usual cause? Pent-up stress. Anxiety manifests as overactive jaw muscles, with individuals clenching their teeth without realizing (often while they sleep). After enough grinding, the jaw becomes stiff, tender, and difficult to use.
Engaging in a little jaw pain prevention today can help you avoid this fate. Your jaw is more delicate than you may realize. Make sure that you give it the care it needs to prevent pain or dysfunction. We’ve put together a helpful infographic that gives you the tips you need to succeed. If you ever have questions about how to treat your jaw, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Ideal pain prevention depends on your needs. There are specific causes of your jaw pain that need to be identified and diagnosed. If you’re struggling to understand the problem on your own, it’s time to speak with a professional. Grinding can lead to significant oral health problems, ranging from jaw pain to broken dental work to worn enamel. Not to mention the stress and exhaustion stemming from morning headaches and a sore jaw.
Many adults spend years grinding and think that there’s no need to seek out help because it’s just “part of life.” But you deserve to regain a stress-free jaw. If you’ve been waking up with aches and pains in your face, teeth, jaw or head, get in touch today for a free consultation.