Nighttime grinding and clenching is prevalent in a huge portion of our population. If you wake up with sore teeth, jaws, muscles or headaches, chances are you are either grinding or clenching or both! Night guards are a great way to give your muscles a break as well as protect your teeth from chipping or breaking.
Temporomandibular joint disorders can cause pain in the TMJ, which is the joint that connects the bottom jaw to your head. Symptoms include clicking and popping and can be exacerbated by grinding and clenching. Sometimes referral to a TMD specialist is required.