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Hello everyone!

So pretty much I have a LOT of tension in my jaw. My dentist made a thing (don't know what the name is) for me to wear at night on my upper teeth so that I wouldn't grind my teeth and that somewhat helped, but the problem is that I am on the phone 5 hours a day and speaking all that time, and even though I've learnt to deal with not overusing my voice because of that, my jaw suffers. I've tried to not move it too much while speaking, but it's hard to do so, because you have to make yourself understood over not necesarilly good connections, so I have to articulate the best I can. I have to practice my vocal technique before going to work, cause otherwise my jaw will be way too tired and I feel that causes a lot of unwanted constrictions. Any advice anyone? By the way, I have bruxism, according to my dentist... That's why I have to wear that thing at night...

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blackstar, i've got to wear that stupid thing too...i paid $265 for it through my dentist, when you can buy cheap ones now in the local cvs for $25.

try this for the jaw... open your mouth wide and hold your head downward midway between looking straight ahead and looking down at your feet.

now concentrate on relaxing it by letting your jaw feel like it's just dangling loosely from it's hinge, like it's got a weight stuck under your tongue pulling it down...really visualize it's just hanging, dangling then wqhile maintaining that relaxed feeling lightly shift the jaw back and forth from side to side, 3-5 seconds to the right, 3-5 seconds to the left, and so forth for a couple of minutes. don't forget to achieve that dangling loose feeling first. sometimes saying a soft dopey sound like "duh" helps too.

hope i've helped.

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Hi again! I know, those stupid things are so expensive! Before I could actually afford the actual dentist one, I got one of those at a pharmacy, I guess you're talking about the ones that boxers use, that you have to submerge in boiling water to then mold it to your teeth? Well, it was VERY uncomfortable because it's obviously not made for you! I don't regret getting the one from the dentist, because even if it doesn't entirely eliminate my tension, it will ensure I still have my teeth when I'm 70 ;)

Now back to my question... I have tried your suggestion, pretty much the same way you described it. It does help, but still at the end of the day my jaw hurts a lot!!! My dentist also told me to put a warm towel on the sides of my cheeks at night, but that doesn't help that much either... Any other suggestions??? Maybe I should take up meditation or some sort of relaxation technique???

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Any other suggestions??? Maybe I should take up meditation or some sort of relaxation technique???

I was going to be a snot and suggest Glenfiddich Special Reserve 12 year single malt Scotch, served neat with a Diet Coke chaser. But really, yeah, it sounds like you might also have relaxation issues. Meditation is a good thing. And it doesn't have to be much. Inhale, exhale, with your breath support breathing, and count 1, inhale, 2 exhale, up to 10. Repeat as necessary for about 10 or 15 minutes. Rest from that. Do some more, later, as it suits you.

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Hi again! I know, those stupid things are so expensive! Before I could actually afford the actual dentist one, I got one of those at a pharmacy, I guess you're talking about the ones that boxers use, that you have to submerge in boiling water to then mold it to your teeth? Well, it was VERY uncomfortable because it's obviously not made for you! I don't regret getting the one from the dentist, because even if it doesn't entirely eliminate my tension, it will ensure I still have my teeth when I'm 70 ;)

Now back to my question... I have tried your suggestion, pretty much the same way you described it. It does help, but still at the end of the day my jaw hurts a lot!!! My dentist also told me to put a warm towel on the sides of my cheeks at night, but that doesn't help that much either... Any other suggestions??? Maybe I should take up meditation or some sort of relaxation technique???

got another jaw helper.....once every hour or so, open your mouth real wide, stick out your tongue... way out and return to closed mouth. open and close, open and close about 8 to 10 times like a dog when they yawn. the jaw and the tongue are 2 areas of tension and strain.

however, if this is painful or you feel a clicking in your jaw that's tmj.

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I was going to be a snot and suggest Glenfiddich Special Reserve 12 year single malt Scotch, served neat with a Diet Coke chaser.

Hahahaha that will probably help! And yes, I tried relaxing a little with my breathing and just closing my eyes and that indeed helped a lot! I think it's pretty psychological... I am a very stressed person... Trying to deal with that...

got another jaw helper.....once every hour or so, open your mouth real wide, stick out your tongue... way out and return to closed mouth. open and close, open and close about 8 to 10 times like a dog when they yawn. the jaw and the tongue are 2 areas of tension and strain.

however, if this is painful or you feel a clicking in your jaw that's tmj.

That helped a lot, thanks!!! Is TMJ the same as bruxism? It seems that they use the terms interchangeably from what I've been googling... And I do have that, but I guess my dentist thought it would be solved with that thing for my teeth... I should probably see a specialist... But she also told me that it's a psychological thing...

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Hahahaha that will probably help! And yes, I tried relaxing a little with my breathing and just closing my eyes and that indeed helped a lot! I think it's pretty psychological... I am a very stressed person... Trying to deal with that...

That helped a lot, thanks!!! Is TMJ the same as bruxism? It seems that they use the terms interchangeably from what I've been googling... And I do have that, but I guess my dentist thought it would be solved with that thing for my teeth... I should probably see a specialist... But she also told me that it's a psychological thing...

can

teeth grinding is very much caused by stress or issues of the mind. if we don't wear our night guard we end up with dental issues. i ordered that book you recommended...thanks

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teeth grinding is very much caused by stress or issues of the mind. if we don't wear our night guard we end up with dental issues. i ordered that book you recommended...thanks

I know... I don't wanna end up toothless by the age of 60... Great, it's one of my favorite vocal technique books, let me know how you like it!

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