Jaw ache is a common issue and can lead to muscle tension and migraines. If you are suffering with jaw ache when you wake up it, could be a sign of an underlying dental issue.
– Teeth grinding and clenching while asleep due to stress is the most common reason for jaw ache. This is called bruxism.
– Your dentist may fit you with a mouthguard to wear at night to alleviate teeth grinding.
– Jaw ache may also be caused by cavities and gum disease which a dentist can treat.
“Ongoing grinding can cause sensitivity and weakening of the tooth structure, as well as cracks and breakages. Further consequences can come in the form of muscular pain in the neck and shoulders and even headaches.”
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BDS (Rand) MFGDP (UK)
Phaedon has over 20 years’ experience in oral surgery referral management and joined the Gallions team in 2016. He has a keen interest in dental education and regularly updates his knowledge keeping up to date with new techniques and skills. Outside of work Phaedon likes to play his saxophone, listen to music and read historic biographies.