Many people wake up in the morning with jaw pain or a headache due to teeth grinding or clenching.
While stress and anxiety are leading causes of night time teeth grinding, or bruxism, there’s some debate over whether genes play a role as well.
What Research Has Found
Growing research indicates that heredity does indeed play a role in bruxism. In fact, one study published in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation reviewed 10 previous studies that looked at the correlation between bruxism and genetics. Nine out of the 10 studies concluded that bruxism was partly genetically determined.
In addition, research shows that as much as 50 percent of people who grind their teeth have a direct family member who also grinds their teeth.
How Serious Is Teeth Grinding?
Teeth grinding is not a harmless habit. Bruxism can lead to a number of serious dental issues, including broken or fractured teeth and pain.
Bruxism can also cause the gums to recede, lead to jaw soreness, painful headaches and ear pain.
If you clench or grind your teeth, or suspect that you do, we encourage you to schedule an appointment. We can evaluate your symptoms and recommend an appropriate treatment.
About Pasadena Pain Management
Pasadena Pain Management offers pain management treatment for TMJ/TMD, migraine, headaches and neck pain in Pasadena, CA. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Pasadena Pain Management, we offer the exclusive TruDenta treatment therapy — a highly specialized form of care that involves cutting-edge dental technology, without needles or injections. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable pain management care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping our patients happy and pain free.