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Waking Up with a Sore Jaw Could Spell Bruxism
Has your dentist ever mentioned the term bruxism to you? They may have said it in passing or as something to watch out for, but if you regularly wake up with a sore jaw, you may be suffering from it without even knowing. Bruxism is when you clench your jaw, grind your teeth, or sometimes both. This is often done when you are asleep, but it can also happen during the day without you even noticing it at first.

Common Treatments for Bruxism

There are two common treatments when we see evidence of bruxism in your mouth. First, we can fit you for a mouth guard that you wear when you are clenching and grinding, either awake or when asleep. It protects your teeth from the excess pressure and keeps them safer from the damage that can come from these activities.

Second, we can work with you to figure out ways you can decrease your stress. Stress is the most common cause of clenching and grinding, even if you are doing it subconsciously. If you can reduce your stress, you can often stop this from happening. You may be asked to consider a new hobby, a change of job, or talking with someone about the stress in your life.

Both of these treatments can help decrease the damage bruxism can cause. If you want to find out more about bruxism, speak with us the next time you are in the office for an examination. We can look for evidence of it in your mouth, and talk to you about specific treatments that can help you.

Are You Bored with Mint Flavored Toothpaste?
While mint is a popular flavor, some people really do not like the flavor of mint in any product. Are you one of them? That can make brushing a bit more difficult since most of the toothpastes out there are mint-flavored. If you want to find something with a different flavor, consider a few of these more uncommon alternatives:

• Bacon
• Scotch
• Lavender
• Honey
• Cupcake icing
• Jasmine
• Peach
• Chocolate
• Coffee
• Oreo
• Pickle

With flavors like these, it may just become fun to brush your teeth at least twice each day!

A Tooth Injury Does Not Mean Impending Tooth Loss
If you sustain an injury to the mouth that affects your teeth, you are not automatically subjected to tooth loss if you handle the situation appropriately. No matter what type of injury it is or how severe, you should seek emergency treatment at a dental office or emergency room where you will be advised on the best course of action. In the event of a knocked out tooth, time is of the essence, so the sooner you receive treatment the more likely it is that your tooth can be saved. If your injury does result in tooth loss, there are treatments available - such as dental implants - that can help replace your missing teeth, but it is always best to preserve your natural teeth if possible.

If you suffer a tooth injury, do not delay! Seek emergency treatment right away.


Aspire Dental | | (503) 221-9439
833 SW 11th Ave, Suite 414, Portland, OR 97205



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