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    Clenching my jaw

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    I constantly clench my jaw. I catch myself doing it throughout the day and have to make a conscious effort to stop. Any thoughts? I get plenty of exercise and eat reasonably well (primal 80 - 90 % of the time). This has been going on fr about 4 months...

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    Me, too. Always have. Unless I make a conscious effort not to, by making it part of my routine, I just automatically spend most of my day clenching my teeth. Is it a problem? IDK.
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    It is. I do it too, and it can cause tooth fractures.

    You jave to practice relaxing, and I use a wheat sack aroudn my neck when I go to sleep.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knifegill View Post
    Me, too. Always have. Unless I make a conscious effort not to, by making it part of my routine, I just automatically spend most of my day clenching my teeth. Is it a problem? IDK.
    I feel like it probably is a problem but I guess I'm not sure. I assume that it is because of the soreness I usually feel. Sometimes when I catch myself my jaw is clenching very very tight and it just seems like something I should address. Have you noticed anything negative associated with your clenching?

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    I have the same problem, work stress make it occur more frequently. Sleeping on your back helps prevent you from doing while sleeping.

    Toothpicks work great during the day.

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    I do it too and have for decades. It's eroded away some of my enamel. I have amalgams and heard that it releases more mercury due to the clenching. I'm actually going in a couple of weeks to get a treatment plan to remove the amalgams due to this mercury issue. It's with a mercury safe dentist.


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    The grinding of teeth at night has already worn away all my enamel on one tooth. I got a mouth guard after that

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    It's stress related... I do it more if I'm stressed out.
    Meditation works well. Taking a round against a punching bag will alos do miracles.
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    I do have amalgam fillings but not sure about the mercury content. Next time I go to the dentist ill have to bring this up. It could be stress but I'm surprised my frequent exercise isn't more of a natural release.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walker.alles View Post
    I do have amalgam fillings but not sure about the mercury content. Next time I go to the dentist ill have to bring this up. It could be stress but I'm surprised my frequent exercise isn't more of a natural release.
    The exercise might help but you might need more.
    Pay attention to the days that it is worse than others and think about what might trigger it. For me it's worries and sugar...that's why since going primal it's been a lot less. for you it might be other things that causes your body stress.
    If you just went primal, that might be a temporary stress trigger...
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