If you wake up with a sore jaw, have chronic headaches or even have fractured teeth, you might be grinding your teeth without even realizing it. Most people are not aware of the fact that they grind (or brux) their teeth until they see their dentist who can pinpoint the symptoms. If you have been told that you are grinding your teeth, you might find yourself wondering why. Of course every case is different, but there are a few reasons that commonly occur.
- Stress – If you are under a lot of stress it can come out at night. When your muscles clench, it is a natural reaction to grind your teeth.
- Mouth Irritations – Whether it is teeth that do not line up perfectly, or another dental issue occurring in your mouth, you could end up grinding your teeth together at night to deal with the irritation.
- Allergies or Colds – If you are uncomfortable from allergies or a cold, you might grind your teeth at night to deal with the discomfort.
- New Dental Work - If you've recently had a filling or crown placed, your teeth may not line up anymore, and your mouth will constantly be adjusting to find the right "bite" again resulting in grinding.
There are several ways to deal with bruxism, including visiting your dentist to get fitted for a mouth guard. If you prefer to do something less drastic, you can try including relaxation methods into your daily routine and find ways to manage your allergies to avoid chronic grinding. Unfortunately, if you are subjected to grinding your teeth, you might not be able to prevent it from occurring 100 percent, but decreasing the amount of time that it occurs can help your overall dental health.
Concerned About Your Sore Jaw?
If you are regularly experiencing a sore jaw, or regular headaches and need relief, please give us a call! Dr. Snodgrass regularly works with patients who are experiencing bruxism, or teeth grinding, and can work with you to fit a custom nightguard and relieve your pain.