If you’ve been suffering from head, neck or jaw ache recently, you’ve probably put it down to stress at work, or sleeping in an awkward position. However, did you know that these are all symptoms of hyperactive jaw muscles?
You’re probably thinking that you’d realise if your jaw was ‘hyperactive,’ but grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw typically occurs when you’re sleeping and not consciously in control of it. The outcome can result in a misaligned bite which in turn can cause a number of problems such as:
Headaches (usually after waking up)
Jaw ache, or difficulty opening and closing your jaw
Pain in your neck and shoulders
Ringing or buzzing in your ears
Teeth becoming loose, worn down or flattened
Teeth, fillings or crowns cracking or breaking