Warning: Grinding Teeth Causes Headaches

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Reviewed by  Monroe Elkin, BS PHARM., DMD


If you suffer from bruxism, or grinding your teeth, it's not unlikely that you also suffer from regular headaches, especially dull headaches that start in the area of your temples. If you grind your teeth when you're awake, you can train yourself to stop doing so. Unfortunately, many people who grind their teeth do so at night when they have no control over the behavior.

The number one dentist-recommended solution to nighttime teeth grinding is a custom-fit nightguard like the CustMbite Nightguard or the CustMbite Hard Surface Nightguard. By stopping you from grinding your teeth, these nightguards can help you eliminate the teeth grinding headache you experience on a regular basis.

Continue reading to learn about some of the reasons you might be grinding your teeth and find out which of the CustMbite nightguards will work the best for your situation.

Why do I get a teeth grinding headache?

Doctors are not completely sure why people experience bruxism, or teeth grinding. They believe it may be a combination of genetic, psychological, and physical factors. The following risk factors often, but not always, accompany people with bruxism.

  • Anxiety and stress
  • Frustration and anger
  • Age – bruxism is more common in younger children
  • Prescription medications such as antidepressants
  • Smoking tobacco
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Consuming caffeine
  • Family members with bruxism – the condition tends to run in families
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Dementia
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD)
  • Night terrors
  • Epilepsy
  • Sleep apnea
  • ADHD

Any of these factors can add to the likelihood that you will experience nighttime bruxism, and therefore, a teeth grinding headache. In addition to headaches, people with bruxism often suffer damage to their teeth and intense facial or jaw pain. Severe cases of bruxism can even lead to a condition called TMJ disorder.

What is the best nightguard to end my grinding teeth headache?

While grinding teeth and headaches go together, CustMbite realizes that not all people experience the same level of pain from bruxism and that people of all ages can experience the condition. That's why we have developed two custom-fit nightguards with the aid of dental professionals.

  • CustMbite Nightguard
    If you experience mild to moderate headaches from bruxism, the CustMbite Nightguard might be the right product for you. This nightguard is soft and flexible while also being strong enough to keep most people's teeth from grinding during sleep. If you have a child with bruxism, choose this option because it comes in both regular and petite sizes. Plus, it comes in a variety of fun colors.
  • CustMbite Hard Surface Nightguard
    If you have moderate to severe headaches from bruxism, or you tend to chew through the stand nightguard, the CustMbite Hard Surface Nightguard is probably your best bet. This guard combines the comfort of a custom-fit nightguard with the durability of a hard surface layer that allows your teeth to move freely when the jaw is in motion, preventing your teeth from grinding as you sleep.

Both nightguards are made using our Vistamaxx material, which is supple and comfortable while being strong enough to prevent teeth from grinding at night. Both nightguards are easy to customize to your teeth in just two minutes, without the inconvenience of boil-and-bite guards.

Keeping your nightguards clean is important, so we also developed our All Natural Oral Appliance Cleaner. Each morning when you take off your nightguard, just spray, wipe, and rinse and your guard is ready for the next time you need it. You can use the cleaner to sanitize your nightguard case as well.

Where can I get the best nightguard for grinding teeth headaches?

CustMbite's nightguards are made entirely in the United States so you can be sure they are the highest in quality. They have been evaluated and cleared by the FDA and are free of BPA, PVC, latex, and phthalates. Order the best nightguard for your teeth grinding headaches online today and say goodbye to the pain for good.

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Reviewed by:

Monroe Elkin, BS PHARM., DMD

Monroe Elkin got a Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy at Brooklyn College of Pharmacy in Brooklyn, New York. He then earned a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry at the University of Rutgers School of Dentistry in Newark New Jersey. Dr. Elkin owned and operated his own dental practices for 29 years where he specialized in treating oral injuries for athletes, fabricated custom fitted mouth guards and performed both general and trauma dentistry for athletes at Wagner College as dentist for the athletic department. He also performed cosmetic dentistry including implants, crown and bridges, bonding and endodontics. Dr. Elkin has been a part of 3 publications and has held various positions volunteering for organizations that are about sports dentistry and oral care.

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