With the ongoing stress of our COVID-19 world and the holiday season upon us, it’s not surprising that some of you may be waking with a sore jaw due to teeth grinding at night.
Most people are unaware they do this unless a sleepless partner hears the noise or it’s diagnosed by a dentist. This is usually caused by stress and anxiety and is more prevalent in people whose lifestyle includes smoking, consuming alcohol, or drinking caffeine.
Even though grinding often occurs during sleep, the discomfort usually happens when you’re awake.
It can cause headaches, facial pain, and stiffness in the jaw and surrounding muscles. In some cases, chronic teeth grinding can result in fracturing, loosening, or loss of teeth.
If grinding is an issue for you, make an appointment to see us. Our team will work with you to address the cause of your grinding and determine a solution that will protect your teeth from any further damage. This may include a recommendation to wear a mouthguard while sleeping.
For more information on teeth grinding, please contact us at 440-354-0705 or make an appointment online. We look forward to assisting you!
Patrick J. Soria, DDS.