Last week I went to the dentist for my regular cleaning and told her that I thought my bite was off. Too high maybe? One of my right molars was bothering me in a too-much-pressure kind of way and I was waking up with headaches that sometimes lasted throughout the day.
(FYI – apparently it’s very bad to leave a high bite. My dentist really scolded me about how a high bite left alone could kill a tooth…I should not have left it that long to get checked)
Anyways – she checked the bite on both sides and informed me that it was my “clench spot” that was causing the pain.
“Ohh. I don’t clench my teeth.”
She said that indeed I do and that I likely do it when I’m sleeping. We’d fit me for a night guard.
This is ALL I could think of when she said that (go directly to the 1:03 mark and watch til 1:17 mark):
Easier said than done. I know I stress about too much and have anxiety issues. But when I’m alseep??? Really? I thought that sleeping would at least be a bit of respite from the stresses of life.
I thought that by being sound asleep I’d be at my most relaxed but apparently I am not.
My stress now manifests itself by way of teeth clenching during my sleep. Which has created even more stress. Those headaches I’ve been having – I’ve secretly been afraid of a brain tumor. That’s where I go. Always. Wost case scenario.