Mouth guards are used to treat a variety of dental problems, from preventing sports injuries to chronic tooth grinding. However, there is one unexpected symptom you may be experiencing and not know it could be solved with a mouth guard: waking up with headaches.
When you wake up with a headache, you usually assume that you may not have gotten enough sleep or that your muscles are simply stiff. However, few people consider that it could be a result of a condition called bruxism. Bruxism is a condition in which people unconsciously grind their teeth because their teeth do not fit together naturally. This can strain the muscles and result in headaches.
Bruxism typically occurs at night, and it can be aggravated by stress. If you are waking up with a headache and jaw pain more than three times a week, you may be experiencing bruxism.
If you recognize these symptoms, a mouth guard may help! A mouth guard will protect your teeth from cracking in the night, being worn down by chronic grinding, and ease tension in your jaw. We encourage you to schedule an appointment if you are experiencing these symptoms.