You may be grinding your teeth and not even know it!

Are you waking up with headaches? Does your jaw get sore or lock? You may be clenching or grinding your teeth and not even know it!


The dentists at Goldenberg Family Dentistry explain that grinding your teeth habitually is known as bruxism and is often done subconsciously or while sleeping.

Signs you may be grinding your teeth include:

  • Tight or sore jaw muscles
  • Popping or clicking or the tempromandibular joint
  • Headaches
  • Broken or chipped teeth or restorations


Dr. Jessica Goldenberg educates her patients by explaining that the most common cause of bruxing is anxiety or stress, but may be caused by other factors. Some diseases may cause the nerves or muscles of the face to twitch causing grinding such as Huntington’s or Parkinson’s disease. Malocclusion, when the upper and lower teeth do not align properly, may lead to grinding as well. Sometimes it is a side effect of medications used to treat depression such as Zoloft or Prozac.


Sometimes people are aware they are bruxing or are informed by person they sleep next to who can hear it. However, most people are unaware. Both Dr. Joel Goldenberg and Dr. Jessica Goldenberg always evaluate the occlusal/ chewing surfaces of your teeth during each examination. If you are seeing one of the talented dental hygienists at Goldenberg Dentistry they will always evaluate your teeth and bring any changes or abnormalities to the doctor’s attention.


Once bruxism is diagnosed it is important to try to treat it by trying to stop grinding and prevent further damage.

Treatment for clenching/grinding:

  • Reduce stress
  • Have a bite/night guard fabricated by Goldenberg Family Dentistry
  • Correct misaligned teeth with Invisalign or braces
  • Avoid caffeine and stimulants- coffee, tea, soda and sugar especially near bedtime
  • Avoid alcohol- it can disrupt sleep
  • Seek care from an acupuncturist or chiropractor


If you think you might be clenching or grinding, contact Goldenberg Family Dentistry to schedule a consultation!


About Jessica A. Goldenberg, DDS

Dr. Joel Goldenberg started his dental practice after graduating from the USC School of Dentistry in 1983. He is committed to excellence in dentistry. Dr. Goldenberg is a member of the CDA (California Dental Association), ADA (American Dental Association), AAID (American Academy of Implant Dentistry and is a member with the Santa Barbara-Ventura County Dental Society. Dr. Goldenberg is well-known for educating his patients and involving them in the diagnosis and treatment planning process. He is very conservative, honest, and appreciates the artistic side of dentistry. For the past five years Dr. Goldenberg has traveled to Honduras with his wife and other local physicians and nurses to provide medical and dental care at a free clinic. Dr. Jessica Goldenberg was born and raised in Ventura, California. She attended the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and the University of Southern California (USC) for her undergraduate studies. She graduated from USC with her Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. She continued with the Trojan Family at the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Dr. Goldenberg was the recipient of the prestigious Rex Ingram Award for Excellence in Clinical Operative Dentistry. She is a member of the California Dental Association (CDA), American Dental Association (ADA) and the Santa Barbara- Ventura County Dental Society. Dr. Jessica loves working with patients of all ages, especially families and children. It is important to her to make pediatric dental visits fun and enjoyable. She also enjoys making beautiful smiles with cosmetic dentistry. She prides herself on always being honest and providing conservative dental care.
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