Pushing lower jaw out


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For some reason sometimes I push my bottom jaw out and so when I eat, speak or just sometimes sit my bottom teeth touch my top teeth. How do I stop this? It just happens without me realising. I feel like I may chip my teeth one day. It isn't clenching as it like happens in a split second.
 
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Good day,
This does sound like a bad habit that formed. The first step would be to consciously recognize the habit and then try to break this habit by actively thinking about what you are doing. This can take up to 1 month to do, sometimes longer.
If this doesn't work, I would suggest maybe getting an occlusal guard made, that will protect your teeth at night when you are sleeping in order to prevent damage to them.
You can also consider seeking the advice from an orthodontist, who might have some removable appliance that can assist with breaking this habit.
 
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honestdoc

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You may consider having a TMJ specialist evaluate your condition. Over time, your TMJ may deteriorate (like mine) and your teeth may damage each other.
 

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