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Need a new pillow? Maybe you really need a night guard!

August 21, 2013

Filed under: News — elmbrookfamilydental @ 9:02 pm

Do you wake up with head and neck aches often? Have you tried different sleeping positions or even a new pillow? Before you rush out and get another new pillow, consider that you may be clenching or grinding in your sleep. Here are some key clues to determine if night time bruxism may be to blame:

Do you have headaches frequently, but more often in the mornings?

Do you have tension in your neck, cheeks and jaw muscles?

Are your teeth starting to get a more flattened look or do they have cracks and chips?

Does your significant other complain that your teeth sound like they are squeaking while you sleep?

Do you have receding gums or generalized cold sensitivity?

If your answer to any of the above questions was yes, there is a good chance your head and neck aches may be due to TMJ problems, not a flat pillow. Talk with us at your next dental visit. We would be happy to create a treatment plan just for you to help alleviate your discomfort.

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