You may find that you clench or grind your teeth, although most people who do aren’t aware of it. Sometimes it can be caused by anxiety. You may wake up in the morning with a stiff jaw or tenderness when you bite together. This could be due to you clenching or grinding in your sleep.
If your jaw is in the wrong position, the muscles that move the jaw have to work a lot harder and can get tired. This leads to muscle spasm. The main symptom are:
- Pain behind your eyes
- Sinus pain
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Back muscle pain
Some drugs can help in certain cases, but this is usually only temporary. Hormone replacement therapy may help as low estrogen levels in menopause may cause teeth grinding/anxiety.
Your dentist may be able to diagnose and help the problem by supplying you with a night guard appliance that fits over your upper teeth so that when you bite on it, all your teeth meet at the exactly the same time in a position that relaxes the muscle and relieves your symptoms.
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Q. What is a cold sore ?
A. A cold sore is a small, painful raised area of small, fluid filled blisters, usually where the lip joins the surrounding skin. The blisters are painful and dry up to make a yellow crust which gradually heals in a few days. Cold sores are usually found on the lip but you can get them in other places, such as in the nostrils, on the nose or arount the outside of the mouth. Cold sores last 5-7 days.
Q. How do i get cold sores ?
A. Cold sores are caused by a virus ( a ‘herpes simplex’ virus ). You first get this virus in childhood or early adulthood, and it may cause a fever and mouth ulcers (called ‘primary herpetic gingivestomatitis’ ).
Q. What brings on the cold sore ?
A. Cold sores ususlly appear when people are ill with comething else, for example with a cold ( hence the name ) Sunlight and ultra-violet light can often bring on an attack of cold sores, and occasionally women find that they develop cold sores at particular stages of their menstrual cycle.
Q. Can cold sores be treated
A. Yes. Antiviral creams, such as acyclovir and penciclovir, ease the pain and blistering and help the sores heal more quickly. You can buy acyclovir from a chemist, but penciclover has to be prescribed by your doctor. Both these creams should be applied as early as possible when the cold sore starts to develop and should