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Do you wake up in the morning with a headache or sore jaw? If so, you may want to come into our office and be evaluated for bruxism, a condition where you grind your teeth at night—which can be very damaging to your teeth.

We may treat you by suggesting a night guard, one way to alleviate the negative side-effects of bruxism. A night guard is worn at night while you sleep to cushion your teeth from any unconscious clenching and grinding. You can get an inexpensive “boil and bite” mouth guard/night guard at any pharmacy or sporting goods store, but your dentist can provide one that is custom-made to fit your mouth and teeth.

While a night guard’s main function is to prevent the surfaces of your teeth from grinding together, causing you to chip and crack your teeth and strain your jaw muscles, there may be other factors that are causing you to clench and grind that may need to be addressed.

Stress – Often bruxism is caused by nervous anxiety. In these cases, you may want to try practicing relaxation techniques, meditation, exercise, or professional counseling to find ways to relax.

Diet – Avoid dietary stimulants like coffee, tea, energy drinks, and anything with a lot of caffeine.

Medication – You may be taking medication or supplements that contain stimulants. Discuss with your dentist the medications you are taking. Some anti-depressants can cause the problem.

Alignment Issues – Some forms of malocclusions (bad bite) can contribute to bruxism. We can remedy this form with teeth straightening and re-alignment.

If you would like more information about bruxism, call Dr. Amber Angel and our helpful team at Angel Dentistry. Phone: 602-788-2008. Make an appointment or come by our office in Phoenix, Arizona.