Over our lifetime, our jaws are subjected to repeated stresses and strains from everyday chewing, talking, tooth grinding and habitual clenching. These stresses are collectively known as bruxism (grinding) and are frequently a symptom of physical or emotional stress.
Teeth grinding is a common occurrence and often happens whilst asleep. Most people are therefore unaware that they are grinding and only come to realise it when their partner hears the noise.
Other noticeable effects of grinding are ear aches, facial and neck pain, jawpain, sensitivity and headaches.
In some cases, this can result in badly chipped or worn teeth, chronic jaw pain, or even long term damage to the jaw joint.
As most grinding occurs during your sleep, the most common solution is the use of a nightguard to prevent such grinding. This helps reduce the pressure of tooth 14 grinding and helps prevent further premature damage to your teeth and relieve stress on your jaw.
If grinding is a result from stress then you can learn relaxation techniques and stress management.