Because you are unconscious when you sleep, you may not realize you are clenching or grinding your teeth. However, clenching or grinding your teeth, or bruxism, can cause headaches or recurrent migraines. Over time, bruxism can wear down your teeth or cause TMJ. Dr. Hodge may notice signs of bruxism before you do. If you or Dr. Hodge suspects you have this condition, which can affect people of any age and usually occurs during periods of high stress or anxiety, there are treatment options. You can be fitted with a dental mouthpiece called a nightguard. This device can provide relief from bruxism side effects and save your smile by preventing long term teeth damage. Ask Dr. Hodge for more information at your next appointment or request an appointment today to discuss bruxism.

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