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Do you ever wake up in the morning with a sore, stiff jaw or a headache? If so, it’s possible that you are grinding your teeth while you sleep. Watch this video to learn more about teeth grinding and what you and your family dentist in Renton can do about it.

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, can happen during your sleep without you even knowing it. Your partner may alert you to it, or you may notice the symptoms of it upon waking. There are a number of potential causes of teeth grinding, including stress, anxiety, sleep disorders, or an abnormal bite. If teeth grinding is allowed to go on unchecked, it can cause your teeth to become worn, loose, or even cracked. You may want to try relaxation exercises to reduce tension before bed to make you less likely to grind your teeth at night. You can also ask your dentist about getting fitted for a mouth guard to wear during the night to protect your teeth from the damage caused by bruxism.