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Are you frequently waking up to sore jaw or to headaches? Do you suffer with sensitive teeth and earaches throughout the day? Sadly, these could all be symptoms of bruxism, which is also commonly known as teeth grinding. This can be a serious problem that should be addressed by a professional as quickly as possible.

A common cause of bruxism is temporomandibular joint disorder (often referred to as TMJ or TMJD). This important joint controls your ability to open, shut, and move your jaw. However, bruxism can be caused by other issues, such as acid reflux, sleep disorders, misaligned teeth, or anxiety and stress.

Sometimes it can be difficult to diagnose the cause of bruxism, but fortunately there are many different treatments available. A common treatment for bruxism is a mouthguard which you should wear at night. You should get this nightguard from our dentist since they can create one that fits your mouth well. Dentists will help address other issues as well if needed.

While bruxism may not seem like a serious issue, it can lead to significant trouble—and can be difficult to recognize. To help you avoid these problems, we encourage you to schedule frequent checkups with our team.

If you think you may have bruxism, or are simply interested in scheduling a checkup, please don't hesitate to contact Smiles for Life Dental Group at 408-241-6501. Dr. Pooja Goel and our team will gladly answer any questions you may have. We're excited to hear from you!