When I'm under stress at work, I clench my jaw in my sleep. Is this just an annoyance, or can this lead to actual problems?
Clenching and grinding of the jaw can cause problems to the teeth and supporting structures such as nerves and muscles of the face, including serious myofacial pain. You should see a dentist if you have serious grinding issues.
A special appliance can be made by your dentist to prevent your jaw from clenching while you sleep. The older, flat "night guards" are not effective. Instead, make sure your dentist gives you a night guard that features a raised front area – these are much more effective in helping to eliminate the side-effects of clenching and grinding.
The opinions expressed in this article are of the author and the author alone. They do not reflect the opinions of SheKnows, LLC or any of its affiliates and they have not been reviewed by an expert in a related field or any member of the SheKnows editorial staff for accuracy, balance or objectivity. Content and other information presented on the Site are not a substitute for professional advice, counseling, diagnosis, or treatment. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical or mental health advice from your physician or other qualified health provider because of something you have read on SheKnows. SheKnows does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.