Commonly referred to as “teeth grinding,” bruxism is the grinding or gritting of teeth caused by involuntary contractions of the jaw. Although it mostly occurs at night, bruxism can also happen during the day and be a recurring problem throughout your life.
What are the consequences of grinding your teeth?
- Worn down or cracked teeth
- Tooth and face pain
- Jaw and temporomandibular joint pain upon waking
- Loosened gums
What causes bruxism?
As of yet, there is still no international consensus on the subject. But we are getting pretty clear understanding of the various causes of bruxism. For many people, an occlusal imbalance is the main precursor while stress makes it worse. Relaxation exercises and using a bite plate or even occlusal equilibration can minimize the damage bruxism can have on your teeth.