Headaches, Sore Jaw, And Fractured Teeth May Be Signs Of Bruxism.

Headaches, Sore Jaw, And Fractured Teeth May Be Signs Of Bruxism.

USA Today (4/7, Bowerman) reported that waking up with headaches or a sore jaw, or finding fractures in teeth could be a sign of bruxism. Bruxism may be attributed to stress, anxiety, and sleeping disorders, according to American Dental Association spokesperson Dr. Maria Lopez Howell. A recent study in The Journal of the American Dental Association also suggests that teeth grinding is associated with alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco use. Dr. Howell advises seeing a dentist to discuss possible solutions, which may include using a mouthguard at night to protect teeth. “Bruxism is a condition that needs to be treated by a dentist with a night guard or splint,” she said. “This actually involves the joint; we are protecting the joint and the teeth, and it needs to be done with experience and knowledge of that whole chewing complex.”

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