Do You Grind Your Teeth While You Sleep?

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Here is the Marcos Ortega DDS 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.

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Bruxism is a medical term used for grinding teeth. Bruxism can be identified by Dr. Marcos Ortega through an oral examination of jaw tenderness and abnormalities in the teeth. Discuss a possible nightguard for teeth grinding.

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When tooth grinding occurs, the fear is resulting oral damage and pain. Here at Marcos Ortega DDS 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 San Diego community deserves a good night’s sleep as well as a pain-free, headache-free morning.

It’s convenient to come down to our office at 306 Walnut Ave, Ste 25, San Diego, California 92103 and consult with Dr. Ortega about this or any other dental concern. Call 619-295-4545 today to schedule an appointment.

We are enthusiastic about healthy, happy patients. A beautiful, confident smile allows full, honest interaction with others. Don’t live with pain. Consider the benefits of cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers, or Invisalign invisible braces. Ask about dental crowns, restorative dentistry, dental implants, teeth whitening, or sedation dentistry. Your needs are essential to us.

Contact our caring and friendly staff at 619-295-4545 and discover a trustworthy practice that offers critical knowledge and the highest quality of care.

Marcos Ortega DDS
306 Walnut Ave, Ste 25
San Diego, California 92103