Dental Blog  Grinding Your Teeth?

Bruxism (BRUK-siz-um) is a condition in which you grind, gnash or clench your teeth. If you have bruxism, you may unconsciously clench your teeth together during the day or grind them at night which is called sleep bruxism.

Bruxism may be mild and may not even require treatment. However, it can be frequent and severe enough to lead to jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth and other problems. Because you may have sleep bruxism and be unaware of it until complications develop, it’s important to know the signs and symptoms of bruxism and to seek regular dental care.


Signs and symptoms of bruxism may include:

  • Teeth grinding or clenching, which may be loud enough to awaken your sleep partner

  • Teeth that are worn down, flattened, fractured or chipped

  • Worn tooth enamel, exposing deeper layers of your tooth

  • Increased tooth sensitivity

  • Jaw pain or tightness in your jaw muscles

  • Tired jaw muscles

  • Earache — because of severe jaw muscle contractions, not a problem with your ear

  • Headache

  • Chronic facial pain

  • Damage from chewing on the inside of your cheek

  • Indentations on your tongue