Waking up with a sore jaw and sensitive teeth? Feeling tired and achy during the day, even after getting plenty of sleep? Experiencing morning headaches and just not feeling like yourself? This could all come down to teeth grinding. Clenching and grinding your teeth has a significant impact on your oral health and general comfort – but it doesn’t have to take over your nights.
Learn more about why you might be grinding your teeth to get to the root of the problem. If you’re interested in protecting your teeth, we’ll create a custom mouth guard that fits comfortably into your mouth and preserves your enamel. Just let us know if you have any questions about defending your teeth from harm, and how to help your grin gain longevity.
Common Causes of Teeth Grinding
Stress – We all experience stress and anxiety, and those feelings require some kind of outlet. For many, stress manifests in physical ways. If you’re going through a particularly high-intensity period of life, you might find yourself bruxing without noticing. This is because you can clench while you’re asleep, or while you’re concentrating deeply and unaware of what you’re body’s doing. Finding an outlet for your stress (exercise, meditation, taking time to relax, or whatever else works for you) can help relax your jaw muscles and cut down on unconscious grinding.
Jaw disorder – TMJ disorders take hold when your jaw has been injured or become accustomed to harmful, damaging movements. These disorders are complex and will require highly personalized treatment to resolve – if you have been experiencing poor jaw function or jaw pain, get in touch and we can discuss treatment options.
Malocclusion – When your teeth don’t fit together properly, your jaw muscles struggle to fix the problem. This can result in sliding teeth and repetitive clenching. Straightening your teeth to improve your bite will not only help alleviate grinding, but offer countless additional benefits to your health, happiness, and confidence.