Tooth and Jaw Pain
Do you sometimes wake up from a nap or in the morning to find that the side of your face hurts or that you have unexplained jaw pain? Sometimes at night, your subconscious will take over, leading to teeth grinding and jaw clenching. If you find that you sometimes grind your teeth as a way to help eliminate immediate stress, you might want to find another way to manage your stress. Grinding and clenching will cause damage to the jaw muscle and joint.
Overtime, if this teeth grinding habit or jaw clenching goes unnoticed, you could even develop temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ & TMD). You will have to go to a doctor or a dentist, who will probably fit you with a mouth guard to keep you from wearing down your teeth and jaw joint.