Grinding your teeth and clenching your jaws at night can wear down your teeth, causing serious damage, such as tooth fractures. Sleep bruxism also can harm the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) in your jaw.

Not sure if you’re giving your teeth a rest or not? You may be grinding your teeth at night if you have:

  • Headaches
  • Unexplained facial pain
  • A sore jaw
  • Neck aches
  • Earaches

If you’re concerned about your teeth grinding, ask us during your visit. A nighttime mouth guard may help you prevent tooth damage and pain. Other advice to chew on: Stress may worsen teeth grinding, so try not to let it sink its jaws into you.

The key to great dental health is preventive care. That’s why we encourage regular dental visits to check for early signs of dental issues and reinforce preventive care practices at home.