What is teeth grinding? 

Teeth grinding — known medically as bruxism – is a condition in which you grind, gnash or clench your teeth. This is often brought on by stress or anxiety and can happen during the day or when you sleep at night.


Can grinding harm my teeth?

While bruxism is not considered dangerous, habitual grinding can significantly damage teeth. As you grind your teeth together, they may fracture, loosen or wear away down to a stump. As the enamel wears down, you may be more prone to sensitivity when consuming hot or cold food and drink. In some cases, you might need dental bridges, dental crowns, dental implants or dentures to prevent further harm.

Bruxism can also have lasting effects on the jaw and bite. Your grinding might cause or worsen TMD — a condition that causes significant jaw pain and compromised jaw movement — and may even affect your face’s appearance.


How can I prevent grinding my teeth?

If you’re grinding your teeth due to stress, you can take several steps to help reduce grinding as well as relieve the associated pain in the meantime. These steps include the following:

  • Wear a custom mouthguard or nightguard
  • Relax your face muscles
  • Find ways to relieve stress
  • Avoid hard foods, chewing gum, and caffeine


For more information or to book an appointment, contact a Dental Choice clinic near you. We’re here to help.

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