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Tooth Grinding

Three Reasons People Grind Their Teeth

If you notice that you’re waking up with a tight jaw, sore face, or dull headache, there might be a simple explanation: bruxism. Also known as tooth grinding or clenching, bruxism is when you move your teeth back and forth during sleep. Over time, it can cause tooth sensitivity and even damage or crack your teeth. If you suspect that you might be doing it, try to figure out why it’s happening so you can stop it. There are a handful of reasons why you might be grinding your teeth, but these top three causes are—by far—the most common. What’s behind all that nighttime gnashing Teeth Problems: Perhaps your teeth don’t line up correctly or…

Ways to Prevent Grinding Your Teeth

Strategies that’ll stop teeth grinding Clenching or grinding your teeth occasionally is normal and typically won’t cause damage, but when done regularly, it can harm your teeth and cause other oral health issues. Teeth grinding, technically called , can have different causes, but often it’s triggered by stress, medical conditions, or crooked or missing teeth. Grinding typically occurs during sleep, so it can be hard for people to know whether they have bruxism. Signs include a sore jaw or constant headache, and a partner can sometimes hear the grinding. Your dentist can also look for symptoms, like changes or abnormalities in your teeth as well as jaw tenderness. Severe bruxism can lead to…