Do You Grind Your Teeth While You Sleep?

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A lot of people clench or grind their teeth, especially as they sleep. It’s called bruxism and can lead to jaw pain and tooth damage. If this sounds like you or someone close to you, talk to us about it at The Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria.

Most grinding occurs during sleep. If you wake up with a sore jaw and dull headache it could be a clue, especially if it happens on a regular basis.

Anxiety or stress are common causes of bruxism, but not the only reasons. It can also be related to an abnormal bite, or to missing or crooked teeth.

We can diagnose bruxism and discuss nightguard. A nightguard is a mouthguard worn during sleep to protect your teeth.

In the short term, here are three things that may help:

  • Control caffeine or alcohol intake as these may increase tooth grinding.
  • Avoid gum and, don’t chew on pens or pencils. This can help the jaw from clenching repeatedly.
  • Allow the jaw to relax; sometimes just setting your tongue between your

At The Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria, the dental health of our patients is of utmost importance. We offer complete family dentistry. Patients from northern Virgina, Fairfax, and Prince William County also come to our office for cosmetic dentistry, and much more. Call to schedule an appointment with us today!

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5284 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, Virginia


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