Tired jaws and sore teeth got you down? Teeth grinding could be to blame
We take the offensive against dental problems, making sure that cavities and gum disease aren’t showing up in our mouths. But what about problems that aren’t so obvious? What about the ones that rear their heads only when you aren’t paying attention – like when you’re asleep? Teeth grinding falls firmly into this camp, and it can quietly wreak havoc on your oral health.
Waking up with headaches, jaw pain, and sore teeth? It’s time to check in with our Westwego dentist. Simply fill out the form below to schedule an appointment with Dr. Aubrey Baudean. We’re just a short trip from your Westwego home.
How Do I Spot Signs of Teeth Grinding?
Many adults struggle with bruxism, or chronic teeth grinding. The common cause of grinding is stress, which we all express in different ways. Some of the physical effects are more noticeable than others. Because you grind your teeth while sleeping, it’s tough to know that this problem is something affecting you.
Keep the following grinding symptoms in mind so that you can be on guard and take action. Remember, these are all going to be particularly bad first thing in the morning, right after waking up.
- Exhausted jaws
- Persistent headaches or facial pain, especially in the temples
- Sore teeth
- Receding gum line
- Flat patches on your teeth where the uppers and lowers meet
- Tooth sensitivity
Westwego Grinding Treatment
Dr. Baudean will evaluate your grinding patterns and recommend the appropriate treatment. This will likely involve a custom mouth guard. This comfortable, plastic guard will be made to perfectly fit your teeth, and will prevent enamel erosion and further tooth damage. If you have a jaw problem as a result of long-term grinding, you may benefit from a guard that also stabilizes the lower jaw.