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Have you noticed any issues with your teeth lately? Any pain, or perhaps some chipping that’s not normal? If so, that may be a sign that you’re grinding your teeth at night.

While teeth grinding can be a sign of sleep disorder, according to some of the latest research, that may not always be the true reason behind teeth grinding while you sleep.

You may not think much of grinding your teeth. After all, a lot of people do it, right? The truth of it is, if you grind your teeth you definitely need a mouth guard. Let’s look at a couple reasons why.

Damages your teeth and jaw

After years and years of clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth together during your sleep, you’ll face some serious tooth decay, sensitivity, and damage to your jaw joint. Considering we spend 1/3rd of our lives asleep, that’s a lot of time to spend grinding your teeth.

Causes a dull, constant headache

Due to clenching your jaw for such a prolonged amount of time, grinding your teeth can cause a lasting dull headache. In addition to the pain from the headache, this can cause you to abuse over-the-counter pain relievers.

If you grind your teeth, and may be worried that it’s going to cause you long-lasting damage, please come see us here at Laura Miller, DDS today to get help and advice on the best treatment plan for your teeth grinding.