my entire life changed when my dentist told me that the only time my teeth should be touching is when i’m chewing. every single time my teeth are touching i have to separate them. and i noticed that i clench my teeth a LOT.
when your mouth is closed and your teeth are touching or held tightly together, you are unnecessarily straining muscles out of stress. the healthiest way to hold your jaw is slightly apart, where it is relaxed. THIS HELPS WITH HEADACHES
I unclenched my jaw upon reading this.
I recently realized that I grind my teeth all the damn time and one tip I read is to keep the tip of your tongue between your teeth if you’re just sitting around (they said to do it while you sleep too but how do you control that lol).
y’all. it’s amazing. you will realize how badly/often you clench your jaw SO FAST because you’re literally biting down on your tongue.
(the whole point of the exercise is to train your jaw not to clench so bad by using the pain of biting your tongue to make you relax a little).