Do you ever wake up tired with a sore jaw? It could be nocturnal bruxism.  Bruxism, or grinding, can be triggered by stress, anxiety, depression, caffeine, smoking, heavy alcohol use and sleep disorders. Grinding not only disturbs your sleep, it can also cause gum problems, jaw pain, and broken teeth!

You might be grinding your teeth at night if:

-You wake up with headaches, pain in the shoulders, or soreness in the jaw

-You wake up tired

-Your bed partner notices you make grinding noises while you sleep

-You snore

-You have sensitive teeth or areas of gum recession

Your dentist may be able to determine if you grind from many reasons including sore muscles and noticing areas of wear on the tops of your teeth.

If you think you are grinding your teeth at night, visit your functional dentist to ask about the best treatment option for you. It’s important to go to a dentist that is knowledgeable about TMJ and Sleep as grinding may be a sign of poor sleep and should be treated with a regular night guard. Not all night guards are made equally. You will sleep better, wake up refreshed, and save your teeth and jaw from damage!

To your health,

Dr. Yasmin