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While bruxism is typically associated with grinding the teeth, it can also include clenching the teeth. Like grinding, teeth clenching is most often performed at night or as a subconscious habit while you are sleeping. However, many people also clench their teeth and jaws in the daytime as a response to stress, during heavy concentration or while exercising heavily. Long-distance runners are known to finish a race with sore legs as well as a sore jaw from clenching while running.

It may be easy to understand the consequences of grinding your teeth, as the constant back and forth action across your teeth is quite abrasive. However, the effects of clenching are less obvious, but equally detrimental. Did you know that when you clench your teeth, the pressure you are exerting is almost 10 times the force of normal biting and chewing? It is no surprise, therefore, that chronic teeth clenching can result in the following issues:

How to Fix Teeth Clenching?

If you notice the above symptoms on a regular basis, you may need to monitor yourself for a teeth clenching habit. While a custom nightguard can be worn during the night to prevent clenching and grinding while you sleep, the habit must be addressed differently during the day.

The first step is to let your dentist know. At Crabapple Dental, we listen to your concerns and work hard to determine the root cause of your bruxism. We investigate contributing factors such as stress/anxiety, misalignment and other possible causes. From there, we can develop a more strategic and effective treatment plan. For some, it may be finding ways to lower your stress levels each day. Other patients may need orthodontics to correct a misalignment issue that is causing unnecessary strain on your bite. Regardless of the cause, we want to help you retain the comfortable smile you deserve! Request an appointment at our Alpharetta office today.

Posted on behalf of Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

Phone: (678) 319-0123


Monday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday: 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Friday: 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM

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Crabapple Dental

4.7 / 5.0

Based on 43 reviews

Aly C.

This dental practice is a gem! The front desk staff are kind, efficient and welcoming. I was pleasantly surprised at the clinical staff’s fantastic bedside manner. Everything was explained in advance and this was very appreciated. My teeth have never felt better! Love, love, love the hygienist that worked with me. She is a rockstar. Thank you to the whole gang!

Caitlin G.

I've been going to Crabapple dental for many years and I can honestly say Dr. Roberts and her team are by far the best. It's hard to find a good dentist that takes the time to get to know you and truly cares about your health. I knew Dr. Roberts was special when she filled a few cavities for me, then called me later that night to make sure I was ok. I feel at home when I'm there and they always treat me so well. Kelly is so wonderful! She takes her time and makes going to the dentist an easy task. I never stress about going because I know she'll take care of me. She is so pleasant and efficient; truly the best experience and I leave feeling great. Both Kelly and Dr. Roberts are so gentle and that is the most important thing to me. Dr. Roberts has the most updated equipment and beautiful office to give the best experience. I travel from downtown to see them because they are the best! Don't hesitate to make an appointment; you won't be disappointed!!

Kim B.

This is by far the most customer focused dental practice I’ve ever experienced. Starting with Dr Roberts and her entire staff! Immediately I felt I was a priority and my anxiety slowly disappeared. She has state of the art technology and is a pleasure to work with!! She contacted me after hours to check on me after certain procedures!! Highly recommend!!!! A very warm and nurturing environment!!

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Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

(678) 319-0123