So when my tooth was hurting a few weeks ago, I knew I should go get it checked out since my teeth took a beating my last round of pregnancy/breastfeeding. I went to the dentist only to be told I didn't have a cavity (yay!) but I should probably address my jaw.
Apparently, if you grind your teeth you shouldn't ignore it? Apparently, if your jaw pops when you open it, that's not normal? Say whaaaa?
Yesterday I visited the TMJ doc and it was great. Seriously I wish all doctors offices were like that one.
I walk in and not only is it beautifully decorated, but there is spa music playing.
The receptionist gives me a tour of the office and explains my intenerary for he next 2.5 hours. Yes, that's how long the consult lasted.
And then they gave me a gift! A candle!
Then the doctor examined my whole mouth, face, and head. I got a cranial massage, basically.
Then I was offered snacks and a drink. I refused the snack. Huge mistake! I then filled out a bunch of forms about my mental health and met with a patient advocate.
My teeth grinding and jaw issues are all stress related. I'm a worrier and anxious by nature. Add in a new baby, not working, being home all day with a threenager, and desperately looking for a teaching job... And my body is noticing.
Here's me action plan.
1. I go tomorrow to get a mouth guard. So sexy!
2. I need to chill out.
3. I need to exhaust my insurance since I've met my out of pocket max for the year.
I was thinking of going to the chiropractor and looking into medical massages and/or a therapist. I've always wanted to talk about myself.