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Waking up With Sore Jaws or Headaches

Posted in Mouth Guards

Problems associated with TMJ Disorder, or teeth clenching are sometimes most evident early in the morning. People who are experiencing stressful life events such as loss of a job, death of a family member, or other major event may find that they are waking up in the mornings with very sore or tense muscles of the jaw. This pain can radiate into the ear, mouth, neck and shoulders if it is severe enough. While reduction in stress can eliminate the pain over time, sometimes these tendencies become chronic. Long term grinding or clenching can damage the joint area as well as cause premature or abnormal wear of the teeth.

Sleeping with a professionally fitted mouth guard can prevent the TMJ area from becoming strained, and eliminate advanced wear from occurring. What a bite guard does is slightly move the lower jaw into a resting position. This prevents teeth from clenching or wearing together, and positions the jaw joint in a way that does not strain the muscles. When the jaw is completely closed, it strains the muscles to the full extent, and can damage the disc within the joint. Not to mention that teeth often become worn flat, develop sharp edges, or may even become fractured if grinding is severe enough.

There are different types of bite guards available depending on your needs and preferences. Most guards are easily made by your dentist for same-day pickup. The benefits of a custom fitted guard compared to an over-the-counter guard is that the snug fit will comfortably stay in place throughout the night, without becoming cumbersome to wear. They also last much longer as it is almost impossible to wear through the material.

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott



Your Dentist Can Help With Migraine Headaches

If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from the debilitating pain of migraine headaches, you know that the pain can be so severe that you are unable to perform even simple day to day activities.  Often accompanied by nausea and extreme sensitivity to light and noise, migraines can last from a few hours to days.  Only a migraine sufferer can understand the frustration and depression that result from living with migraine headaches.

Migraine sufferers have tried a wide variety of treatments to alleviate their suffering, but most rely on medications that prevent or lessen the frequency and intensity of migraine headaches or medications that relieve the pain and other symptoms during a migraine.

Thanks to the development of a simple dental appliance, migraine relief may be as close as your dentist’s office.  A small plastic device called the NTI night guard system fits over your front teeth and may be an alternative to help reduce the number and intensity of migraine headaches for some migraine sufferers.  The NTI night guard system has been FDA approved for the treatment of some migraine and other types of tension headaches.

Research has shown that teeth grinding can trigger or contribute to migraine headaches.  Most people involuntarily grind their teeth while sleeping, some more than others.  The NTI night guard works to prevent your teeth from touching which prevents the teeth grinding from triggering a migraine headache.

The NTI is much smaller than most other types of night mouth guards which means it is more comfortable and more likely that the patient will use it.  The NTI must be fitted to each patient by a qualified dentist.  Call your dentist today to see if they offer the NTI night guard system.

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