I consider myself (and my parents) very fortunate I never needed braces. I have also never had a cavity. I’ve always taken really good care of my teeth but mostly because the dentist freaks me out and I gag every time they make me take x-rays. The sooner I can get in and out, the better!
I do however, have a very small jaw and due my anxious nature, I’ve developed a super cute problem of clenching my jaw and grinding my teeth when I sleep. Talk about the opposite of sexy. It’s definitely causing my teeth to shift and my dentist told me it will also lead to scary problems I can’t even type out for fear of causing them to manifest.
Naturally, this has led me to be hyper aware of the teeth of every person I encounter. I can’t bring myself to wear a mouth guard but I’m also terrified of having my teeth falling out or any other painful dental problem. I already dream about my teeth falling out enough, I can’t take it in real life!! I’ve had people tell me to consciously relax every muscle in my body while trying to fall asleep and this should help with tension at night – and I could always just succumb to the mouth guard.
Do you guys have any tips or experience with mouth-related issues?? I’m getting desperate over here.