Your morning headache and sore jaw may actually be a sign that you’re grinding your teeth at night, a condition known as bruxism. If you believe you may be suffering from unconscious night-time teeth clenching, come in for an evaluation, diagnosis and treatment. If we spot that you have premature dental wear, we can help you to alleviate the problem.
One of the first things you can do for immediate relief is to wear a night guard or mouthguard at night. There are inexpensive “boil and bite” mouthguards available at any pharmacy or sporting good store, but if you come in to see us, we can customize a unique night guard for you that will be much more comfortable.
Apart from the mouthguard/night guard, you will want to figure out how to eradicate the condition of bruxism completely. For this you may need to make some lifestyle changes.
Stress Reduction – Anxiety is one of the most common cause of bruxism. If you are experiencing any stress in your life, you need to figure out a way to handle it better or get rid of it all together. Some things to try: an exercise routine, meditation, physician prescribed medication.
Diet and Medication – Avoid stimulants in drinks like coffee, tea, soda, energy drinks—anything with caffeine. Be sure to keep a healthy lifestyle to help prevent any further problems.
Inform Dr. Roger Anderson when you visit us, and we will check to see if there are any malocclusions or bite alignment issues that might be causing the problem.
If you would like more information about bruxism, call our helpful team at Roger Anderson DDS by dialing 303-232-6205. Make an appointment or come by our office in Lakewood, Colorado, today!