Waking up with a headache and sore jaw? You may be damaging your teeth at night

Do you wake up with a sore jaw and headaches or have you noticed tiny fractures in your teeth? You may be grinding your teeth.

Many people grind their teeth at night, and some may not be aware they are doing it, according to American Dental Association Spokesperson and dentist Maria Lopez Howell.

She says many times people have no idea they grind their teeth at night.

“A lot of times someone else tells them,” she said. “We will have patients who come in and say ‘Oh my wife grinds her teeth,’  or a parent saying ‘my child is really grinding’ so someone who listens to them while sleeping will report that.”

And teeth grinding, which is called bruxism, doesn’t just happen at night.

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