Tuesday Tip: Clenching Your Teeth Can Age Your Face

Tuesday Tip: Clenching(Source: Thinkstock, Art by Tanya Leigh Washington)As busy women, it's inevitable we're going to encounter stress, which can manifest itself physically in many ways: headaches, tight shoulders, an upset stomach or even a clenched jaw. While we worried the latter symptom would bore holes in our teeth, we didn't realize that our bad habit is actually aging our face—something we were horrified to discover after chatting with Dr. Kourosh Maddahi, a celebrity dentist and author of Anti-Aging Dentistry: Restoring Youth, One Smile at a Time ($25). We implored Maddahi to tell us how to make it stop, and we're passing along his sage advice to you here.

Tuesday Tip: Clenching(Source: Dr. Kourosh Maddahi)
If you ever feel your teeth touching during the day or notice headaches when you wake up, you are probably subconsciously clenching or grinding your teeth. Pressing your teeth together tightly creates tension in the mouth, which causes protruding jaw muscles and lines around the corners of the mouth—some of the most drastic signs of aging that occur in the face. Wearing a mouthguard when you do certain activities or at night can be really helpful, but mostly I recommend being cognizant of the problem and the damage it’s doing so you can correct it on your own."
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