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If you frequently wake up with a sore jaw, a dull headache or tooth pain, you may want to come to our office and let Dr. Cabrera help you. According to the American Dental Association bruxism, or teeth grinding, affects about 10 to 15 percent of adults. There are some ways to alleviate the effects of teeth grinding such as teeth straightening, changing your diet or stress prevention. One of the most common, which Dr. Cabrera may recommend, is a night guard. A night guard is a transparent device that is worn over the biting surface of your teeth while you sleep to avoid contact between the upper and lower teeth. Clenching and grinding your teeth during sleep is an incredibly common problem. Known as bruxism, this unconscious habit can be caused by stress or sleep issues. Bruxism can lead to issues with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), better known as your jaw. An occlusal guard or “ night guard” is a preventative measure for the effects of bruxism.