Do You Grind Your Teeth While You Sleep?

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Here is the Harris Dental guide to treating teeth grinding.

Most teeth grinding will occur while sleeping. Consistent teeth grinding might be suspected with a sore jaw and dull headache in the mornings. Anxiety or stress are not the only reasons grinding may appear. It can also be related to an abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth.

Visit Dentist
Bruxism is a medical term used for grinding teeth. Bruxism can be identified by Dr. Dr. Harris through an oral examination of jaw tenderness and abnormalities in the teeth. Discuss a possible nightguard for teeth grinding.

Get Control
When tooth grinding occurs, the fear is resulting oral damage and pain. Here at Harris Dental we support oral health in many ways. Here are three things that may help:

  1. Control caffeine or alcohol intake as these may increase tooth grinding. 
  2. Avoid gum and prohibit pen or pencil chewing. This benefits the jaw as it keeps the jaw from clenching repeatedly. 
  3. Allow the jaw to relax; sometimes just setting your tongue between your teeth will help your jaw relax.

Every individual in our community deserves a good night’s sleep as well as a pain-free, headache-free morning.

Call 480-428-0040 today to schedule an appointment.

We are committed to healthy, happy patients. A beautiful, confident smile allows full, honest interaction with others. Don’t live with pain. Consider the benefits of cosmetic dentistry, general dentistry, or CEREC same-day crowns. Ask about sedation dentistry, CEREC same-day crowns, dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, or Invisalign clear braces. Your needs are vital to us.

Contact our patient-oriented staff at 480-428-0040 and discover a trustworthy practice that offers essential knowledge and the highest quality of care.

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