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Why Might Your Teeth Ache When You Get Up in the Morning?


Posted on 11/25/2019 by Jared Pell, DDS
Why Might Your Teeth Ache When You Get Up in the Morning?Do you go to sleep with no discomfort in your teeth, but wake up with a toothache? Is the ache in your tooth or teeth accompanied by a headache or a sore jaw?

Does this leave you unable from enjoying your breakfast? Let's take a look at the reasons for why this happens.

Common Reasons Why People Wake Up with a Toothache?


Tooth clenching and grinding are among the most common reasons why people wake up with sore teeth. Stress and temperature fluctuations are common reasons for this. If the condition is not treated, the person may end up with progressively weaker and finally cracked teeth. Ten percent of the American population experiences bruxism to varying degrees. We can provide you with a solution, possibly a mouth guard to be worn at night.

Food particles stuck in the teeth, for example pieces of hard candy or meat, can irritate teeth and gums, and also contribute to dental cavities. The remedy for this is simple. Brush and floss your teeth.

People who tend to sleep with their mouths open may wake up with a dry mouth because the saliva dries out, resulting in discomfort in the throat. Teeth exposed to the night air may ache as well. Could the position in which you sleep be a possible reason? Placing your hand under the cheek when you sleep or resting the face close to the headboard or the railing on the edge of the bed for too long may leave you with a sore jaw.

These are some possible reasons for a sore jaw in the morning. It could be something else, like maybe a sinus issue. If you're faced with this situation, then we can help with the treatment. We are dental care experts and we love it when people ask us questions. Talk to us and help yourself. Get in touch with us today.


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