Bruxism (Teeth Ginding)
Waking Up With a Sore Jaw Could Spell Bruxism
Has your dentist ever mentioned the term bruxism to you? If you regularly wake up with a sore jaw, you may be suffering from it without even knowing. Bruxism is when you clench your jaw, grind your teeth, or sometimes both. This is often done when you are asleep, but it can also happen during the day without you even noticing it at first.
Common Treatments for Bruxism
There are two common treatments when we see evidence of bruxism in your mouth. First, we can fit you for a mouth guard that you wear when you are clenching and grinding, either awake or when asleep. It protects your teeth from the excess pressure and keeps them safer from the damage that can come from these activities.
Second, we can work with you to figure out ways you can decrease your stress. Stress is the most common cause of clenching and grinding, even if you are doing it subconsciously. If you can reduce your stress, you can often stop this from happening. You may be asked to consider a new hobby, a change of job, or talking with someone about the stress in your life.
Both of these treatments can help decrease the damage bruxism can cause. If you want to find out more about bruxism, speak with us the next time you are in the office for an examination. We can look for evidence of it in your mouth, and talk to you about specific treatments that can help you.