Why do I always clench my jaw?
Teeth grinding and jaw clenching (also called bruxism) is often related to stress or anxiety.
It does not always cause symptoms, but some people get facial pain and headaches, and it can wear down your teeth over time.
Most people who grind their teeth and clench their jaw are not aware they’re doing it..
What causes jaw clenching during the day?
Stress – Just like grinding teeth at nighttime, the most common cause of clenching and grinding during the day is stress. Daytime bruxism has even been linked to jobs that come with high emotional stress, including law enforcement, military, and healthcare personnel.
What causes involuntary jaw clenching?
Doctors don’t completely understand what causes bruxism, but it may be due to a combination of physical, psychological and genetic factors. Awake bruxism may be due to emotions such as anxiety, stress, anger, frustration or tension. Or it may be a coping strategy or a habit during deep concentration.
How do I stop clenching my jaw at night?
Drink a stress relief tea, do yoga or meditation and either massage or stretch your muscles to relax them. Chewing on pencils or other objects can increase your likeliness to clench your teeth. Avoid chewing gum as well as it causes your jaw to tighten up. Your dentist can diagnose if you have bruxism.
Can bruxism be cured?
While there is no cure to completely stop teeth grinding, treatment can reduce its frequency4, decrease its impact, and relieve symptoms. In addition, home care tips can make it easier to cope with sleep bruxism.