Stress, but also braces (which affects adults as well as children!), often leads to tension in the jaws.
Clenching teeth often or for a long time can lead to several physical ailments such as headaches, neck & shoulders stiffness, muscular tension and TMJ.
Here are a few tips to help you relax your jaws.
Tongue to the mouth roof
This tip comes from yoga. Gently bring the tip of your tongue at the highest point of your mouth roof. Your jaws automatically open and relax. Remember it each time you catch yourself clenching your teeth or frowning your eyebrows.
This acupressure point is one of the most efficient anti-stress et anti-pain points. Pressing this point, located at the junction of the thumb and forefinger bones, helps relieving many discomforts – insomnia, headache, constipation, neck & shoulders tension- which are often a consequence or the cause of jaws tension.
If you often wake up with pain in the jaws or teeth, try this simple exercise before going to bed. Sit straight, relax your shoulders and arms, and breathe deeply. Gently press the palms of your hands on each side of your head, at the jaws level. Clench your teeth to feel the muscle flex. Relax your jaws (see the above exercise with the tip of the tongue), and firmly hold your palms on your jaws, while taking 5 deep breaths. Relax your hands and shoulders, and take 5 other deep breaths. Repeat the whole exercise twice.
[This information is given for educational and recreational purposes. Consult a healthcare practitioner in case of recurring pain].