How to avoid clenching my jaw?
April 2, 2008 11:24 PM Subscribe
How can I avoid clenching my jaw or grinding my teeth due to stress?
posted by tylermoody to health & fitness (21 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
It's getting to be That Time of the Semester. I'm short on sleep and under a lot of pressure as things ramp up to finals. I clench my jaw as a nervous habit and my teeth are killing me. When things get bad I can't really eat hard veggies and even dry cereal can cause a lot of discomfort.
I've been using hard candy and gum to prevent myself from grinding away, but I'm sure that an environment full of sugar can't be good, given the abuse my teeth have been taking. I have naturally strong teeth (no cavities) but I've got two baby teeth which were never replaced by adult teeth that I'm especially worried about. I'll be talking with my dentist about this, but I won't be able to travel home until after finals.
How can I train myself out the habit? What are other buffer-snacks I can use until then?
please no "sleep more, reduce caffeine, spend time decompressing, etc" replies. I'm doing what's necessary for the grades I want. I do these things already and it's still a problem. I'm looking to treat the symptom, not the cause.