Getting sufficient sleep is beneficial for the body and mind. If you frequently wake up with headaches, have pain in your jaw, or experience recurrent ear pain, you may be grinding or clenching your teeth during the night. It is important to treat these conditions to prevent tooth and jaw damage. A dentist will be able to evaluate the symptoms of Teeth Grinding in Brentwood.
Although infrequent teeth grinding is not serious, over time consistent grinding will ware down tooth enamel. Grinding the teeth or clenching the jaw is often due to stress or anxiety. If possible, find ways to reduce stress. Grinding is also symptomatic of other conditions, such as chronic headaches and jaw pain.
Tension headaches have been linked to teeth grinding. These two conditions commonly co-occur. Stress, tension, poor posture, hunger, and insufficient sleep can all lead to tension headaches. Although it is unclear if headaches lead to grinding the teeth or if teeth grinding leads to the headache problem, treating symptoms and possible causes of both will likely lead to relief.
Untreated jaw clenching and teeth grinding can lead to a chronic condition called temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. A TMJ disorder results in regular jaw pain and discomfort. People who have TMJ disorder may not be able to open and close their jaws completely. The jaw may pop and be tender. Chewing may be difficult and be accompanied by facial pain.
If you experience any symptoms that suggest teeth clenching and grinding are problematic, contact TMJ Sleep & Therapy Centre for a complete evaluation and treatment. Visit the website for more information.