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Posted on 3/10/2019 by Dr. Michael Allard
|Clenching your teeth and grinding your teeth are not quite the same thing, but they are similar. They both can damage your teeth, and they can both cause jaw pain. If you clench your teeth, you are going to want to stop as soon as possible.
ClenchingIn simplest terms, when someone clenches their teeth, they close their jaw too tightly. You should leave your jaw slightly open without your teeth together when you are not eating or talking. If you find that your top and bottom teeth are usually touching, you are most likely clenching your teeth.
Dental ProblemsLike teeth grinding, clenching your teeth can damage them. Over time it will wear them down. Also, if you clench your teeth you will be putting extra pressure on your jaw, which will cause pain over time. It could even lead to headaches. If you clench your teeth you might also have gum problems.
You might not know that you clench your teeth, because many people do it in their sleep. If you wake up with jaw pain, that could be a sign. Also, some people will clench their teeth when they get angry. If you are like that, try to manage your stress level if possible.
There are things that can be done to help you put an end to clenching your teeth, but you need to stop by and see us first. For many people, a mouthguard at night can do the trick. We want to help you to protect your teeth and gums, and also make sure that you do not continue to live in pain.
If you suspect that you clench or grind your teeth, make an appointment. Clenching teeth and grinding teeth are both fairly common, and we can help you to stop doing either one.
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