If you wake up in the night with a headache or sore jaw, it may mean you are grinding your teeth while slumbering.
Teeth grinding is a common issue, also known as bruxism. Most of the time, especially in children, it is a phase that will be outgrown. As an adult however, there may be some concerns if left untreated. Severe cases can leave teeth worn down to mere stubs. Bruxism has even been tied to hearing loss in extreme cases.
Perhaps the most disturbing part of bruxism is that most people don’t realize they are even doing it because it often occurs during sleep. If you grind your teeth, or think you might, it’s important to identify the problem and visit your dentist soon. Read this article regarding causes and treatments for teeth grinding: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/teeth-grinding-bruxism