Do you ever wake up in the morning with a sore jaw? Bruxism may be to blame. Bruxism, also known as the clenching and/or grinding of the teeth, happens mostly at night when you are asleep; so many sufferers don’t even know they are experiencing it. Untreated, Bruxism can wear down enamel leading to tooth sensitivity or other conditions.
Some experts consider Bruxism to be a habit, but it can also be caused by stress, anxiety, or a number of neurological conditions. It is very common and affects children and adults alike.
If you notice any of these symptoms, you may be experiencing bruxism:
• Jaw muscles that are painful and tight
• Long lasting pain in the face
• Damaged teeth and/or broken fillings
• A grinding or chomping sound at night, that might disturb anyone else in the room
• Swelling of the lower jaw caused by clenching
If your Bruxism is related to stress, relaxation techniques may help, as may cutting down on caffeine or tobacco. The most common treatment, however, is wearing a simple, professionally made night guard to prevent the teeth from scraping against each other while you are asleep.
You can call us at (647) 794-1108 to help with any of your dental issues.