Teeth grinding can be to blame for that ache in your jaw. Stressed individuals often clench their jaw or grind their teeth during sleep. You won’t know you’re experiencing it until you wake up with a sore jaw, chipped teeth or a nagging headache around the temples.
The fix: Dr. Kerr recommends a spell in the dentist’s chair. “Your dentist will see if you are grinding your back molars and wearing them down,” he says. If you’re guilty of nighttime teeth grinding, your dentist will give you a bite guard to wear while sleeping. Headaches and jaw pain can be eliminated easily. “A bite guard is a terrific device. It keeps your jaw a couple of millimetres from closing all the way, so you can’t grind. If you have a lot of stress and are a teeth grinder, it’s a simple and effective treatment,” says Dr. Kerr.