Give Up the Grind - Tooth, That Is
It is estimated that up to 95% of people experience bruxism - tooth grinding - at some time in their lives. Bruxism is caused primarily by stress and can even strain relationships by causing a lot of night-time noise.
Most people clench or grind their teeth in their sleep with increasing frequency and intensity during particularly sressful times. If you wake up in the morning with stiff and painful jaw muscles, you may well have been clenching during the night. This habit can not only cause aching muscles, but can wear down your teeth and damage dental work.
Possible treatments for bruxism include wearing a hard, plastic bite splint on the upper teeth, taking anti-anxiety medication or changing your lifestyle to lessen stress. The "cure" for tooth grinding can be affected by the patient's motivation, but many cases of bruxism can be kept under control with a bite splint or medication.
If you think you might be grinding your teeth, talk with us about your symptoms and concerns. You might save yourself more than a morning headache.