Do You Grind Your Teeth While You Sleep?

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Here is the La Costa Dental Excellence guide to treating teeth grinding.

Most teeth grinding will occur while sleeping. Consistent teeth grinding might be suspected with a sore jaw and dull headache in the mornings. Anxiety or stress are not the only reasons grinding may appear. It can also be related to an abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth.

Visit Dentist
Bruxism is a medical term used for grinding teeth. Bruxism can be identified by Drs. Stephen and Kimberly Dankworth through an oral examination of jaw tenderness and abnormalities in the teeth. Discuss a possible nightguard for teeth grinding.

Get Control
When tooth grinding occurs, the fear is resulting oral damage and pain. Here at La Costa Dental Excellence we support oral health in many ways. Here are three things that may help:
1. Control caffeine or alcohol intake as these may increase tooth grinding.
2. Avoid gum and prohibit pen or pencil chewing. This benefits the jaw as it keeps the jaw from clenching repeatedly.
3. Allow the jaw to relax; sometimes just setting your tongue between your teeth will help your jaw relax.

Every individual in our community from Encinitas to Carlsbad deserves a good night’s sleep as well as a pain-free, headache-free morning.

It’s no problem to come down to our office at 7730 Rancho Santa Fe Rd Ste 106, Carlsbad, California, and consult with Drs. Dankworth about this or any other dental concern. Call 760-633-3033 today to schedule an appointment.

We are devoted to healthy, happy patients. A beautiful, confident smile allows full, honest interaction with others. Don’t live with pain. Consider the benefits of sedation dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, or dental implants. Ask about porcelain veneers, general dentistry, Invisalign, restorative dentistry, or implant-supported dentures. Your needs are essential to us.

Contact our committed to excellence staff at 760-633-3033 and discover a trustworthy practice that offers essential knowledge and the highest quality of care.

Stephen and Kimberly Dankworth
La Costa Dental Excellence
7730 Rancho Santa Fe Rd Ste 106
Carlsbad, California 92009