You would be shocked to see how many people do not know they are clenching and scratching. And people coming into the office moaning about dental pain and discomfort are always unbelieving as I point it out. "No, no. I don't grit my teeth, "is a refrain that I hear regularly, considering the fact that I sometimes watch them do so.
Concientiousness is important. Are your teeth brushing right now? And after you have read this post? If so, it's a good indication that you're doing any damage — the teeth shouldn't necessarily touch anything during the day unless you're swallowing and chewing the food vigorously. Instead, when the lips are closed the mouth should be comfortable, with a little gap between the jaws.
If you have a dental night guard or even retainer, gadgets that hold the teeth fixed correctly to avoid scratching, continue to put these in during the day. These apparatuses have a physical shield that absorbs and disperses energy. I would rather you break a night guard than break a tooth like I always advise my patients. Your dentist will make a night-guard tailored to ensure proper fit.
And because many of us will continue to operate from home for months, setting up a decent workstation is crucial. Ideally your hands should be over your waist while you are standing, and your head should be above your hands. Laptop displays should be at eye level; if you do not have an adjustable chair or desk, place your display or notebook on a shelf or stack of books.
Often remember that it's not unusual to roll out of bed in our new home offices, grab
a sofa, and settle down for nine hours a day. Try to change things up with any standing, then add more activity wherever possible. Use any toilet break, or call, as an opportunity to take further action.
I encourage my patients at the end of the working day to — forgive the very scientific, medical word here — "wiggle like a frog." Lie down on the floor on your back with your arms spread out over your head and wiggle your arms, shoulders, hips and feet softly from side to side. The goal is to decompress and lengthen the spine, releasing and relieving some of that tension and pressure.
If you have a bath, try sucking up some Epsom salt in the evening for 15 minutes. Concentrate on breathing through your nose and relaxing, instead of worrying about jobs, browsing through texts, or considering the back-to - school timetable for your kids (more easily said than done, I know.