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08 January 2017

Waking Up With a Sore Jaw? You May Be Grinding Your Teeth

Aching teeth and a sore jaw when you wake up are signs of jaw clenching and teeth grinding. Teeth grinding, also referred to as bruxism, is most common among adults.

Key takeaways:

  • Bruxism originates from the central nervous system and can be triggered by stress, anxiety, alcohol consumption, smoking, and medications.
  • Symptoms include worn tooth enamel, chipped or fractured teeth, earaches, headaches and tooth sensitivity.
  • Your dentist will help to reduce the effects of grinding or clenching and minimize the symptoms.

Dental fabricated nightguards are designed to provide a stable bite that does not interfere with a healthy, comfortable jaw closure. Adjustment of the device by a dentist can help reduce contraction of jaw muscles during bruxism, which may minimize jaw joint stress and protect tooth enamel.

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