Grinding and clenching your teeth can lead to serious jaw and teeth problems.

If you find yourself waking up with a sore jaw or headache after sleeping or after being stressed, you may be suffering from grinding or clenching your teeth.  This may occur because of stress, sleep disorders, or an abnormal bite from crooked or missing teeth.  By grinding or clenching your teeth, you can end up with fractured, painful, or even loose teeth.  If the grinding or clenching occurs due to stress, protect your teeth from damage by relaxing in your own way and also by doing physical therapy exercises to release tension in your jaw muscles.  Another way to protect your teeth is by having a bite guard made especially for you by your dentist to wear at night to help relieve some of the tension by placing your mouth in a better, more comfortable position.