When I woke up this morning, the first thing I did was remove my brand new night guard from my mouth. Last night was the first time I used it. Oh joy. It was my parting gift from the dentist after my root canal yesterday. I have brushed, flossed, picked, and gargled at least twice a day consistently for…ever, but I guess my technique must suck. I even have one of those electric toothbrushes, but I can’t say that it’s helped. How else can I explain the need for a root canal and now this night guard business? Then again, maybe this is just a simple case of stress.
It all began a couple of months ago when my dentist asked if I was grinding my teeth at night. I didn’t think she knew what she was talking about. I was also asked if I was stressed about something. I didn’t think so. Since then, I’ve awakened to the sound of my teeth scraping together once or twice a week. Sometimes my jaws were clenched. At other times, my mouth was sore and just didn’t feel right. I have to wonder if being asked the question brought on the behavior or if I really have been grinding my teeth at night all along. I suppose I’ll never know.
Am I stressed? If I believe what’s written about the common causes of Bruxism (teeth grinding), then I could be even if I think I’m not. Aggression is supposed to be another common cause. I don’t think this applies to me. I honestly can’t pinpoint anything that could have caused this behavior. Nevertheless, my body says something is not right, and I’ve decided to listen. Since I already exercise regularly, maintain mostly a vegan diet, and take supplements every day, what’s left to do? My personal answer is meditation. I’m out of practice. I’ve got to add it back to my daily “to do list.” I can’t be stuck wearing this night guard every night.