Did your last dental bill come as a shock? One major cause of damage to teeth is nightly grinding, clenching and gnashing of the teeth. Besides structural abnormalities which your dentist can rule out, this subconscious habit is commonly induced by underlying stress. After the necessary repair of the teeth, bite splints may be worn at night. Most importantly though, efficient stress and lifestyle management need to be put in place. This is where Chinese medicine can help. Not only can acupuncture and Chinese remedial massage reduce the local muscular tension in the surrounding muscles of the neck and jaw (sternocleidomastoid, masseter, temporalis, pterygoid), it can also help your body and mind cope with stress enhancing mood to ensure a calm and restful night. Get in touch if you have any questions!