Teeth grinding (known technically as bruxism) is involuntary clenching, grinding and gnashing of the teeth, which generally occurs in one's sleep. It's estimated that around 1 in 2 people experience bruxism, and around five percent are habitual and forceful tooth grinders.

Most people don't realise they are grinding their teeth when they are sleeping, so the problem is often first noticed by a spouse or partner who shares the same bed (or by the parent of a child). As a common sign of physical stress, bruxism is can be experienced by individuals who are highly susceptible to stress, anxiety or anger.

Common symptoms of teeth grinding:

  • Teeth grinding sounds during sleep
  • Aching teeth and/or stiffness of the jaw (especially upon waking)
  • Cracked or chipped tooth enamel
  • Headache, jaw joint and/or ear pain

Why is teeth grinding a problem?
Constant grinding of teeth can cause a range of dental problems from damaging tooth enamel, breaking or wearing down teeth, and straining the joints and soft tissue of the jaw joint.

If you think you might be grinding your teeth, we recommend seeing your dentist as soon as possible. At MC Dental, we can examine your teeth and use x-rays to diagnose the severity of the damage done to your teeth and bone.



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