Managing Pain from Clenching Your Teeth


Posted on 6/25/2017 by Doctor Haigney
A woman grinding her teeth.
When you clench your teeth, it can hurt. It can hurt a lot, making eating and speaking painful. You can struggle with pain all day and all night long, keeping you from being able to keep up with the daily demands of your life.

Luckily for you, there are things that you can do to help. Speaking with your oral surgeon can help you have a really good idea what state your teeth are in, and what options you have to stop causing yourself pain.

How to Keep Your Teeth from Being Painful

The best way to alleviate pain associated with clenching your teeth is to stop clenching your teeth. However, this is often easier said than done.

Many people do this entirely when they sleep, so they cannot make a conscious effort to stop something they are not consciously doing. The good news is that you can wear a mouth guard, which can stop your teeth from ever connecting.

You can also learn how to better manage the stress of your life. This can keep you from clenching your teeth in the first place. If you don't clench your teeth, they won't hurt!

For those that still struggle with daily pain, consider massage as a pain-relieving technique. Massaging your jaw muscles can go a long way towards reducing your pain. Eating smaller bites can also help reduce your pain, as you don't have to open your mouth quite as wide to eat your meals. Even drinking with a straw can help for the same reasons.

If your jaw and teeth hurt, contact our office. They want to help you, and never want to see you in pain. Go in and see them and tell them what you are going through. They can figure out the best way to treat your pain and get you back to enjoying your life.

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