Bruxism is excessive teeth grinding or jaw clenching, that is unrelated to normal functions such as eating or talking. While it can happen during waking hours, it is most common while people are sleeping.
Approximately 10% suffer from bruxism during sleeping hours. Are you part of that percentage? Chances are you wouldn’t even know if you were, as most people who grind at night are unaware of it, due to it happening in their sleep.
It’s often caused by stress, anxiety and/or depression, nighttime grinding can also have a simple answer such as an abnormal bite or crooked teeth. However, in some cases bruxism is a symptom of sleep apnea, which should be addressed sooner than later.
If you suffer from any of these symptoms; unexplained facial pain, earaches or headaches, wear on your teeth, TMJ pain, a clicking jaw, or teeth that are worn flat then you should talk to your dentist for a proper assessment.
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