Years of grinding and clenching can damage your teeth, cause tooth decay and tooth sensitivity, and lead to permanent jaw pain and damage to the jaw point.
How to Know If You are Grinding Your Teeth:
- Worn down areas on your teeth
- Teeth that are worn flat
- Notching at the neck of the teeth and cracks/fractures
- Sore facial, upper back and neck muscles
- Frequent headaches
- What is TMJ?
- A jaw that clicks
There are many different ways to treat TMJ pain. A nightguard will protect your teeth from further damage, but if you are having chronic pain from TMJ disorder as well, there are ways to manage the pain. Warm compresses and stretching exercises are recommended with an anti-inflammatory medication for acute flare-ups. Ongoing therapies for TMJ pain management include, physical therapy, bite reconstruction, Myofascial massage, Accupuncture and Accupressure. Reiki with Accupressure can also alleviate TMJ. Your TMJ is in the energy center of your Throat Chakra.