Do you wake up with an aching jaw? Is your jaw stiff and hard to open in the morning? Or maybe by days end your teeth and jaw are sore and achy? Have you been experiencing chronic headaches? If you have been noticing strain and tension in your jaw joints and are wondering why your teeth hurt, you may be suffering from bruxism, the chronic clenching and grinding of your teeth. Bruxism is common in both children and adults and if left untreated can cause damage to your teeth and jaw.
Do You Clench And Grind?
If you have pain in your jaw upon waking in the morning or going to bed at night, you might be a chronic clencher/grinder. Bruxing is often due to stress, tension, worry, and anxiety. You may not notice it, or you may be aware that you are a bruxer and figure it is not a problem. However, chronic clenching/grinding can be damaging to your jaw joints and your teeth.
How To Tell If You’re A Bruxer
If you brux during your sleep as many people do, you are probably not aware of it. However, there are several signs and symptoms of bruxing, including:
- Stiff jaw
- Sore jaw
- Achy teeth
- Chronic headaches
- Dental sensitivity
- Worn teeth
- Chipped, cracked, or fractured teeth
- Ear pain, or ringing in your ears
- Mouth sores
Is There Treatment?
Bruxism is often treated with custom-made oral appliances that your wear while you are sleeping. Such appliances include oral splints and mouthguards that prevent your teeth from touching, and relieve the pressure on your jaw joints.