Practices to Alleviate Symptoms of Bruxism.
To reduce the severity of symptoms associated with bruxism, individuals experiencing this annoying condition are encouraged to regularly perform some activities that have been shown to reduce these symptoms. When done by a person not having bruxism, these practices can prevent one from developing the disease (Amorim et al, 2018). In this article, I will be discussing on how some of these practices will help in alleviating symptoms of bruxism.
Clenching of teeth, as seen in people with bruxism leads to constriction of jaw muscles temporal-mandibular joint pains (TMJ) and headaches are among the common symptoms reported by people who clench their teeth regularly. Constriction of jaw muscles following episodes of teeth grinding has been identified as the main cause of these symptoms (Rikmasari et al., 2017).
Yawning, at least five to ten times after experiencing an episode of teeth clenching helps to stretch these constricted muscles hence promoting muscle relaxation and in turn reducing joint pains and headaches.
Massaging the jaw
Muscle relaxation can be achieved by massaging the affected muscle. Massaging the jaw after an episode of teeth clenching has been found to reduce the constriction of jaw muscles thus reducing or preventing these symptoms from occurring.
This can be done by placing a warm towel over the cheek area followed by a gentle massage in circles to remove the already formed muscle knots.
Placing the tongue between the teeth.
Place the tip of your tongue in between your teeth when start clenching your jaw. This should be done for as long as possible or at least until the episode of jaw clenching is over. This will lead to reduced jaw clenching and in turn preventing muscle constriction, or damage to your teeth. However, this practice can only be done when one is awake thus not suitable for those who clench their jaws when asleep (Amorim et al., 2018).
Mouthguards can be used to assist those who clench their teeth when asleep. This device is worn when asleep and prevents any contact between the teeth of the upper and the lower jaw even when your mouth is closed (Jokubauskas et al., 2018).