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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 Future of Dentistry.

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 missing or crooked teeth.

We can diagnose bruxism and discuss the possibility of a mouthguard to protect your teeth while you sleep.

3 Short-Term Solutions

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

At Future of Dentistry, the dental health of our patients is of utmost importance. We offer complete general dentistry. Patients from throughout Greater Boston and Merrimack Valley also come to our office for cosmetic and restorative options. Request an appointment with us today!

Contact Future of Dentistry:

Locations (Tap Below To Open Your Office In Google Maps):

Future of Dentistry – Billerica
668 Boston Rd
Billerica, MA 01821

978-663-4303

Future of Dentistry – Dracut
149 Pleasant St
Dracut, MA 01826

978-957-1811

Future of Dentistry – North Andover/Willows Dental Group
795 Turnpike St
North Andover, MA 01845

978-685-8313

Future of Dentistry – Wakefield
968 Main St
Wakefield, MA 01880

781-245-2299

Future of Dentistry – Chelmsford
3 Courthouse Ln
Chelmsford, MA 01824

978-970-2089

 

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