Why do I wake up with a sore jaw?

Morning headaches, aching jaw, sensitivity or tiny fractures on teeth can be due to “bruxism” or teeth grinding. Bruxism is often caused by stress but is sometimes linked to sleep apnea too.

Key takeaways:

– Avoid excessive alcohol, tobacco or caffeine which increases the risk

– Untreated grinding can lead to problems in the joints of the jaw

– Teeth grinding should be assessed and treated by your dentist

A dentist can decide if you need a custom mouth guard to help protect your teeth and jaw.

People grind their teeth during the day, the night or both